I have always considered it a timely blessing that in the midst of the cold, bleak winter, we have a holiday dedicated to the celebration of love. While January is a welcomed month of rest and recuperation after the busy Christmas season, by February, we are tired of the snow, freezing temperatures, and the cold and flu season. Many people experience depression, claustrophobia, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. So what better time to have an attitude adjustment, by getting out of ourselves and thinking about those we love, by expressing our hearts on Valentine’s Day. As the saying goes, “The love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay; love isn’t love, until you give it away.”
Like anything, Valentine’s Day is what we make it. We can see it as a “holiday of obligation”, when we have to appease our significant other with some material offering, lest we really be left out in the cold. Feeling the pressure of commercialism is enough to ruin the spirit of any occasion. Yet the symbols of Valentine’s Day, red hearts and roses, chocolates and cupids, can offer a little color to the otherwise basic black and white winter scenario. It can also be a time of creative self-expression when we think of ways to make others happy, which is a guaranteed way to ensure our own happiness in return.
Though Valentine’s Day has traditionally been a special time for lovers, it can also be an opportunity to celebrate universal love. Why limit it? “What the world needs now is love sweet love, no not just for some, but for everyone.” However you choose to express your love to others on February 14th, now is the time to start preparing, so you can enjoy the creative process. Here are some fun ideas to inspire you to put your heart into this Valentine’s Day.
1. Give lots of Valentines – Buy or make your own cards out of construction paper using lacy paper doily hearts and stickers. Let your inner child come out to remind you of those cut and paste skills you learned in kindergarten. If you don’t have the time, you can buy my Valentine cards by the bag. Click here.
2. Write a poem – Instead of watching TV some night, enjoy some quiet time to compose your thoughts on paper. Let your feelings for someone bring out the muse in you, or become a scribe by writing the words of your favorite poets.
3. Plan a celebration – Prepare a favorite meal at home or at a restaurant…(tomatoes, red wine, and dark chocolate are aphrodisiacs). Decorate with flowers, candles, and incense to create a beautiful atmosphere. Compile a collection of your favorite love songs for an evening of inspirational music and dancing.
4. Call someone you know – have a heart to heart talk.
5. Send flowers – brighten up someone’s winter day.
6. Give a Gift of Heart – May I suggest my book, “The Heart of the Matter”, now available in ebook form. No postage or waiting to get it in the mail, just download it now and enjoy the full color collages and images.
Have fun and celebrate all the love in your life, making February a warm and wonderful month!
With Love, Mary