Did you wake up today and groan at the thought of Valentine’s Day or did you smile and bask in the love? All too often, Valentine’s Day can be a lonely day for many regardless if you’re single, married, divorced, separated or widowed.
I invite you to choose love today.
Sounds corny, but so what right? I’d rather see you try than see you let feelings of sadness or longing overwhelm you. Valentine’s Day can be an awesome day for anyone. When I was single, I made a conscious effort to not think of Valentine’s Day as a romantic thing. I loved spending it with my friends. When I was a single parent, I loved taking my kid out on a date night, or celebrating with my friends and kid together. Now that I’m married, sometimes I spend it with my hubby and sometimes with the whole family.
Today is about love…and darn it, we don’t have enough of it in the world.
What the world needs now is love sweet love…it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. Come on, everybody, sing along.
A CDC (Center for Disease Control) article says an estimated 1 in 10 people in the US report some level of depression. I don’t know about you but those are some depressing statistics and frankly, a little disturbing. In today’s economy and on days like today, I suspect those statistics are much higher. Hey, I can’t fix every day for you, but hopefully I can make this Valentine’s Day a little brighter for you.
Sometimes, we sit around and wait for people to surprise us on Valentine’s Day or sulk because no one did or because we feel lonely. I dare you to be the initiator of love today. This is what it means to choose love.
Ignore all the Valentine’s Day marketing and frills, take a deep breath, and just think about the people you love.
Take the Valentine’s Day Love Challenge
I challenge you to either call, write, Facebook, tweet or email 5 people you love or who have positively influenced your life and tell them not just that you love them, but why you love them or tell them why you’re thankful they’re in your life. If you need to write it down in advance, because this is just not your thing, then do it. After you’ve completed the challenge, there is one catch. You must surrender all expectation. That means not feeling bad because someone didn’t write or call you back or return the favor in some way. This is an exercise in pure love and pure love has no hidden agenda. Pure love just gives freely.
The Advanced Love Challenge
For those of you who are ready to really stretch yourself, reach out to one or several people that you find difficult to love and send them a loving message. You would be surprised how far just a little love goes…for both of you. And for those of you who snarled at my singing earlier, try it again.
What the world needs now is love sweet love…it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.
You may find, it comes a little easier for you when you actually give some love out first. It’s hard to be sad and depressed when you’ve consciously put yourself in a state of gratitude and love.
No matter what people may tell you, Love is a choice.
“May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:12
Happy Valentine’s Day!
If you took the Love Challenge today, I want to hear all about it. Post your story in the COMMENTS section below.