It’s time to really celebrate the essence of Valentine’s Day. I am not talking about a “Hallmark” Holiday. I am asking for more, a genuine call to action from you this Valentine’s Day. Here’s what I am asking you to do. Stop and take part in a three step process to truly express the spirit of Valentine’s Day.
First, take out a sheet of paper and lay it horizontal. Now on the left hand side of the sheet, write down the names of your children, your spouse, significant other, siblings, parents, friends, colleagues or others. Simply think of those who make your life come alive, who are truly special, those whom you wouldn’t be as successful or happy without as you are today. Write down as many as you like. Now write down five things you love about them-things they do or who they are that bring a smile to your face and touch your heart. How about what you love most about them? What are the great things you see in them?
Now for step two: ask yourself what action could you take today to affirm those things in that person? How might you make a difference today? It is time to connect-whether it is a call, a boisterous hug, dinner or a lunch date or a personal note on that Hallmark Card.
To finish, step three is to make a commitment to yourself and to them that you are going to spend more time loving and affirming those people who fill your heart. Do it, for yourself and they will feel the difference.