February 14th is an unofficial holiday when many people celebrate their love for others. It’s a wonderful occasion for celebrating that love but we should not need a holiday to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against Valentines Day. It is a day that reminds us to be grateful for someone special and to express that love in a way that lets them know how much they mean to us. It’s a day that reminds us of the importance of doing so. It reminds us not to take for granted the love we have for others and the love others give us.
Expressing feelings may be difficult for some and having Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for them to more easily show their love. I would like to challenge you to let someone know how much they mean to you everyday, not just on Valentine’s Day. This can done with words, affection, gifts, or just simple acts of kindness. One never knows how much a simple compliment or kind word or deed can mean to the receiver, how much it can brighten their day.
I’ll never forget the year I had been going through some difficult times. On my birthday that year I received an abundance of cards and love, from so many people that I didn’t normally receive birthday wishes from. It felt so nice. I felt loved and it was just what I needed. It stands out to me because I recognized at the time that I was receiving more than I had ever received before. We don’t need to wait for a special occasion to let someone know we’re thinking about them. We can spread love and thoughtfulness everyday, even to strangers that cross our path.
Everyone wants to feel love. When we feel down, one of the best things we can do for ourself is to do for others, to give in some way. We can never be deprived or suffer when doing good for another. The good we do and give always comes back to us.
It’s also important to remember to show yourself some love. We should love ourselves, appreciate our own goodness, and treat ourself like we would like to be treated. It’s OK to love ourself. It’s not done in an egotistical way but just with genuine care and love. Tell yourself, “I love you”. Look in the mirror and say it. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it will get easier. It’s a good daily habit to get into and will strength your self-esteem.
Another aspect of giving love is to also be a good receiver. Don’t push away or downplay the love someone gives you. Be gracious and receive it well. It means something to them so appreciate it. You are worthy of receiving love.
I appreciate those of you who follow me, read my blogs and my newsletter, and who appreciate what I share. Thank you for letting me share with you. I wish all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Now, let’s continue to spread the love to others… everyday.
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