Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day brings back childhood memories to me of:
1) giving every kid in my grade school class a cutesy character valentine–and they reciprocated;
2) eating tiny heart shaped after dinner mints with sayings imprinted on them like, “Be Mine”, “Love”, and “Sweet”, etc.; and,
3) dreaming of romantic love;
My Hubby and I exchanged our Valentine’s Day cards with each other Wednesday night–since we’ll both be at work on Thursday. He always fills his birthday and Valentine’s Day cards to me with X’s and O’s–Kisses and Hugs–all over the interior of the card. It is his signature card sentiment to me–along with love always and forever, as he added this year. Very sweet. We also shared chocolate cookies a deux. Snap!
Many of us hope to and often do experience love in our lives–as friends, family, romantic partners, when sharing compassion for another in difficult circumstances, etc.
But we need to remember to also love ourselves. We’re worth it! Each one of us is unique, there is no one else like us in the world. Well, unless you’re an identical twin–and even then, each twin is a distinct person.
Maybe we can start simple, with some random things that make us happy–and generating that love buzz within us. So let’s try. I’ll start with a few examples of non romantic love:
Love is …. when my hubby fills the dishwasher without having to be asked/reminded;
Love is …. finding that small leftover cinnamon roll wrapped in plastic in the fridge, then finding it moist and tasty after zapping it in the microwave for 11 seconds; hey a girl needs sustenance when writing her blog post. Ha!;
Love is …. my younger girl doggy cuddling up with me on our love seat every day;
Love is …. making charitable giving choices for children and families charities–and public media, and student scholarships, etc.–that help us feel that we are contributing to our community in alignment with our personal values;
Love is …. being a kind, “calm”, and polite ER patient–even though I feel miserable–and having that kindness reflected back to me via the medical staff; I actually had one nurse remark on it to me;
Love is …. sharing a smile or a laugh, letting the other person go first, and enjoying and appreciating the big and small moments in our lives–and yes, that can mean giving ourselves a gold star for showing up, when others didn’t;
…. Your turn.
Love is …..