February 14th is Valentine’s Day, the most divisive holiday of all. Some love it while others hate it. No news there.
But I had a thought.
What if we transform the couple’s celebration of exclusive, romantic love, to a day of inclusivity? Okay. I’m not talking about threesomes, but what if we twist the term, refocus the lens, and define it differently?
We could celebrate a day of sharing the love by sending out positive vibes to everyone we meet. There are a bazillion ways we could do that.
- Pay it forward. On Valentine’s Day, put yourself out there to help someone who’s struggling.
- Pay it backward. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
- Go out of your way to use manners. Hold the door. Offer your seat. Say “Please,” and “Thank you.”
- Make a few sincere compliments and someone might feel good about themselves.
- Smile. I promise it won’t kill you and you’ll be surprised at the reaction, no matter where you live.
- When driving, slow down. Use your blinkers. Let others into your lane. Why not go all out and actually stop at a stop sign.
- Share the love with friends and family. Think outside the box. Plan an activity or have a get-together.
- Share the love with yourself. Indulge in a treat or take some personal time doing something you love. Something that says, “I am so good at what I do and I appreciate myself.”
Instead of the FOMO (fear of missing out), on Valentine’s Day, you will feel like you did your part to share the love. Maybe you’ll will even have a story to tell when everything goes back to normal on the 15th. Who knows?
If everyone would share the love on February 14th, Valentine’s Day could become the best holiday of all!
Do you have any other ideas for “Sharing the Love?”
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