On Valentine’s Day, our thoughts naturally turn to those of love, and how we share the love we have with those we hold close to our hearts. Why is Valentine’s Day the big holiday that it is? As humans, we have a natural desire for both the giving and the receiving of love. You’ll find it in generous acts every day – oftentimes between strangers. It’s as simple as holding a door open for someone, stopping to offer aid and assistance in whatever way you can at an accident, and all the acts, large and small, in between.
In your everyday life, you probably do small things throughout the day that are just normal routine things for you, but for many they may be large and possibly….life altering. Many times we never know.
Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest holidays for retailers. Florists credit Valentine’s Day as the 2nd most profitable holiday for them (the first is Mother’s Day). Candy manufacturers come up with unique ideas to show the love, too – chocolate hearts being the most popular, and recently chocolate roses have become a new trend. Going out to a nice restaurant on Valentine’s Day often results in advance reservations or a very long wait.
Here are some thoughts to make your Valentine’s Day special, especially if you’re on a tighter budget like many of us. Remember, a Valentine may be a child, a friend, a co-worker, or even someone who least expects it (perhaps one with whom you had a recent disagreement with):
♥ Have a special dinner at home. Is there a particular dish your valentine likes? Prepare it and then spend the evening sharing what it is that you like and enjoy about each other! (How often do we stop to say those kind words? And, it sure beats the crowded restaurant scene on Valentine’s Day!)
♥ Skip the roses. Roses are exquisite (and yes, Costco has a super price on them) but you may find out that her favorite flower is not the rose after all. Maybe it’s a spring mix of fresh cut flowers or maybe, a potted plant or flower …where the sentiment lasts longer than a week.
♥ Make or buy a small chocolate cake – enough for two to share. Of course mine would be a light, souffle’-like cake with a molten-chocolate center made of rich chocolate ganache. (I’m melting already… and you can find the recipe Chocolate Ganache Heart Cakes at Williams Sonoma‘s website.)
But if it’s not the home-cooked meal, or flowers, or chocolate, that you share, be sure to let someone know that you are thinking of them. Let them know you are grateful for having them in your life —
The most important thing for everyone to have, not only in this month of love and loving your heart, it’s just love. In the weeks ahead, I’ll be sharing with you simple ways to love yourself, love your life and share your love with those around you.
My question for you, and my request is to ask you to share with me and everyone else who reads this blog, how you share love with your family and friends.