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So this weekend was Valentines Day where gifts and cards were exchanged between loved ones. According to the Greeting Card Association, over 1 billion (yes, with a “b”) Valentines Day cards are sent each year. This makes Valentines Day the 2nd largest card sending holiday of the year. Valentines Day probably began with purer motives in mind, whereas today it’s big business.
Some believe that if they “get it right” on this day and other holidays that come with high expectations (anniversaries, Christmas, New Years), they are good to go until the next one rolls around. Why communicate and show your love and affection just this one day? Why can’t “Valentines Day” be all throughout the year? There’s far less attention to acknowledging the love for the people in our lives from day to day and year to year, that is a slow and steady love. The kind of love that maybe takes work. This may not be romance but it is still love.
There’s nothing wrong with celebrating love and romance, but here’s a thought…what if a person’s value isn’t rated on their relationship status? (Because it’s not). If you watch any TV or the internet, it tends to exclude those that are single. Some go into hiding and don’t resurface until February 15th or 16th (depending on if the 14th is on a weekend) and some don’t resurface until March. Those are the ones that just want to skip the entire month completely.
There are so many different ways to communicate affection with intentional acts for that specific person or for others in our lives that we love. A powerful love deserves more than a generic expression one day a year. Love is caring about the well-being of another person. It’s not about fulfilling a romantic need for yourself, to get out of someone else.
Authentic, self-less affection for those in our lives. The primary calling of all Humanity. Imagine if everyone lived this way?
Be creative in your expressions…all year long.
Friendship Day is August 7, by the way.
So now that we know why we need to manage stress, (Struggling with Stress Part I), it’s important to find a practice that helps us find the ‘off switch’.
Finding a practice is important to keeping stress levels down and balance in our lives. When we find a practice that resonates with us, it is important to take long deep breaths (vs. short and shallow), think about something besides your to-do list and all the stuff going on in your head.
By keeping up with this practice, it helps to keep the hormones leveled out. When the hormones are in check, it can lead to focus which can deepen into peaceful and energized states of mind. This leads to balance and can have a transformative effect which can lead to new understandings in your own life.
Whether it’s yoga, meditation, a bike ride, a walk in your neighborhood, a hike on a greenbelt or whatever it is, find what works for you. Your body will thank you.
Today is the youngest you’ll ever be, so why not?