Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Monday

It’s Monday, February 14, 2022.  If you are channeling your inner cupid and drunk on love today, then, happy Valentine’s Day!  If you are seeing red at the sight of hearts and flowers today, then, happy Monday! 

I wear my heart on my sleeve and am somewhat of a romantic, but I struggle to fully embrace Valentine’s Day.  Designating one day of the year to celebrate love and romance, in and of itself, is not a negative thing, especially in a world in desperate need of much more love.  It seems like, though, that in addition to being commercialized, that this particular holiday has become weaponized against people who are not in a romantic relationship and even people who are.

People who are single are bombarded by images and messages that there is something wrong with being unattached, especially on Valentine’s Day.  For couples in a romantic relationship, Valentine’s Day creates high expectations for how they are to declare and show their love for one another, and that usually comes with a price tag.  It’s a lot of pressure for one day, and it can end up leaving us having lost that loving feeling.

Love is not exclusive, limited, expensive, or materialistic.  We do not need to be in a romantic relationship to give and receive love, and we do not need to rely on over-the-top gestures or gifts to show our love for another person.  Love just requires us to show up for one another and for ourselves and to put it into action at every opportunity. 

There are countless ways that we can offer love to others and ourselves.  These are some ideas to help us look for opportunities and ways to show love in our lives, regardless of what day it is and what our relationship status is:

When in the presence of another person, put your phone away and do not look at it until your interaction ends.

Speak to yourself the way you would speak to people you care about and love.

Prioritize self-care, whatever that looks like for you.

Hug others, when permissible.

Forgive yourself and others when needed.

Say, I love you, and mean it.

Pat yourself on the back.

Respect boundaries, yours and those of others.

Actively listen without judgment.

Hold hands.

Thank, compliment, and praise others sincerely and frequently.

Invest in your emotional and physical health and well-being.

Genuinely smile.

Keep the promises you make.

Text someone to let them know you are thinking of them.

So, look for ways to love yourself and to extend love to others, because one day of the year set aside for love is simply not enough. 

That’s another story. . .

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