Monday, February 10, 2014

2014: Valentine's Day: Be A Sweetheart to Your Self and Others

This week hosts the holiday many look forward to celebrating and many dread. Valentine's Day doesn't have to be for lovers. Yes, the card shops, restaurants, flower shops, jewelers flood the media with ads reminding you to remember your sweetheart, your loved one, your lover, et cetera, et cetera.

We all should stop and take stock in how we love our self. Yes, you read it right. We can't love someone else, be faithful and supportive, if we aren't loving towards your self.  Oh, I know we all have read books or watched movies where the hero or heroine are long-suffering with a unrequited love. Wake up folks. How healthy is that?

Today's model of love should portray balanced individuals seeking other balanced individuals. We need role models of men and woman who take care of themselves emotional, physically, intellectually, and spiritually.  Heroes or heroines should be seeking partners not projects in books, plays, movies, and in all types of media.  Idealistic? Probably, we are human after all. 

So back to reality, we all like to be wooed every once in awhile, but we don't have to be weak. So, if you don't have a significant other in your life, first woo yourself:
  • indulge in a long hot bath
  • buy a small amount of very expensive chocolates for yourself
  • buy a bottle of your favorite wine and share it with a friend who also will appreciate it
  • splurge at the spa-pick your favorite treatment or one you never selected

By now, I bet you have a few ideas of your own. 
Once you have found something for your self, 
do something for someone else:
  • visit a relative or neighbor who lives alone and bring them a Valentine treat
  • select a Valentine card for someone who has been there for you through a tough time
  • buy or make Valentine treats for the office (do this only if it will make you happy)
  • send Valentine flowers to someone you think would love a bouquet from an anonymous admirer
Again, the Valentine nod doesn't have to be a big item. It should be 
an appropriate action, token, or expression that simply says "I acknowledge you for being a good human being. I am glad you are here." Be a sweetheart, give someone a smile with an act of kindness on Valentine's Day.
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