All You Need Is Love," some say and I do cherish being loved. But instead setting up false expectations about a deeply romantic Valentine's Day, use the 14th as inspiration to be the love that others in your life can celebrate.
I'm kind of famous among those who know me well for being wild about Valentine's Day. It remains such a fun moment for me to spoil and pamper the ones that I hold most dear. Mostly, I want them to know they are so loved by not only me, but by their Heavenly Father. His love is more than enough to fill our lives, if we let Him. This is the true message of love.
So how do I celebrate this annual Love-fest? Here are some ideas:
- Spend some energy to spruce up your space. You don't have to wait for someone to buy
- Send something special to someone unexpecting. Do you know a single mama or grad student? Surprise them with an invite to dinner or something that shows you see their hard work.
- Pay it forward in the drive through - just for fun!
- Take cookies or flowers to your neighbors.
- Spoil your children with notes that detail what you love about them. Leave on the table for a breakfast surprise on Valentine's morning. Pack some chocolate in their lunch. Never let them wonder if you think they are amazing!
- Send a text to a friend far away.
- Love yourself with a bath, mani/pedi or new lipstick. Wear red or pink just for fun on Valentine's Day.
- If there is a man whom you admire, think about what would be special for him. Write a note. Bake some cookies. Give him something to anticipate in the bedroom. Find a way to connect. He may never admit it, may even say Valentine's doesn't matter, but he will appreciate your reaching out to demonstrate the ways you love him.
- Tell your parents how much you love and appreciate what they have done for you all of your life. Send an encouraging note to a far-away relative. Isn't it fun to get real mail these days?
- Send a care package to a college student far from home.
- Offer to babysit so your friends can go out.
There are countless ways to celebrate love, but most importantly we must take the time to do it!
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(This article is reposted)