Sooooo, are you loving like you should? Valentine’s Day just passed and I saw the tons of people scrambling to get flowers and gifts (and an abnormal amount of Apple Watches) for the people they cared for. Not just romantically but parents getting things for their kids and vice versa. Everyone felt compelled to show love because the calendar said it’s time. I think the gestures are sweet and I’m sure they are appreciated but, they’re expected, I mean, it’s Valentine’s Day. The value in expressed love or any kind gesture is when it’s not prompted. There’s a song by Dionne Warwick that says, “What the world needs now is love sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s too darn little of.” When we receive that gift for Valentine’s, Christmas, or our birthdays, we are happy, grateful and appreciative. But how much more happy, grateful, and appreciative are we when we never saw it coming. Love and appreciation is not found in grandiose actions, it’s actually nestled in everyday impulsive and spontaneous thoughtfulness. I read somewhere “with time, we can always get over things done wrong or poorly but we can never get over things unsaid or undone.” This morning, I received a text from a friend that his father passed away, Cancer. I don’t want to make this a morbid post but the fact of the matter is that we are only here for a limited time, how are we loving? Are we waiting on occasions/holiday to show that we value the people in our lives? At least with cancer the opportunity to ‘make it right’ is provided but death isn’t always so patient. All I wanted to say today is love everyday, be kind everyday, be thoughtful everyday. Say the sweet thing, surprise someone, show the love you feel without external provocation...it’s always needed.
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