If you are among those that don’t appreciate Valentine’s Day it may be that you have been looking at it from the wrong angle. Participating in Valentine’s Day is important. It will enrich your life and the lives of the people around you, so please open your heart to why I believe Valentine’s Day matters.
Life moves so fast and as adults we have so many responsibilities burdening our plates that we can lose sight of what truly matters. Hint: It’s not the house, cars, furniture and toys. It is the people that make us laugh and hold our hands, the ones that hold us up when we’re about to fall and who put a happy rhythm in our hearts; the people who hold our secrets and share our burdens; the people who dance when we dance and sing when we sing; the people who pat us on the shoulder when we accomplish a goal and celebrate when we cross the finish line.
Life is hard and we cannot get through it alone. Valentine’s Day is scheduled on the calendar so that even the busiest of people can step out of their mundane routine and celebrate the blessed relationships they’ve been given. Every single person in our life who adds positivity is a gift. A gift that it is important and not one we should take for granted. Those that love us and give so much for us deserve to know how they make us feel while they’re still around for us to share their significance. Valentine’s Day is both a reminder and an opportunity.
Personally, I don’t focus on the day. I use the days leading up to and following February 14th as well. I reach out to the people who enrich my life. I tell them I appreciate them and love them and specifically why they matter to me, the difference they are making in my life experience. It enriches my experience with them. It makes me aware of how blessed I am in this life and it strengthens our connection. It is me taking one brief moment to honestly acknowledge all they do throughout the year that makes my life worth living.
Valentine’s Day is about gratitude and showing thanksgiving for the people who take it upon themselves to share their time, love, friendship and souls with us.
So please stop and take a moment today, who comes to mind. Who makes your world a better place? Now tell them.
Thank you for reading, you keep me writing and I have found writing to be very healing for me! Happy Valentine’s Day, Minions!
P.S. While editing this piece I felt my dad’s hand on my left shoulder. Thanks daddy for the Valentine’s Day gift of a visit. I miss you so!
The image above if a composition I put together. The wonderful photograph was taken by Josh Felise and acquired through Unsplash. It’s a great source for free photos under the Creative Commons Zero license, so check it out: Unsplash!