An Open Letter to Lovers on Valentines Day
Dear Valentines Day Lovers,
I think it’s really cool that you have a specific day set-aside every year to fully bathe in the love of your significant other! I really, REALLY do. Everyone knows how easily life can keep us busy… (two thumbs pointed inward) SO it’s nice to have one day where we can focus ALL of our attention on our partner. But here’s some trivia: Did you know that V-Day was named after a group of Saints?
How do the Saints correlate with romantic dinners at home, bouquets of roses, and especially the fifty pound stuffed bear at Walgreens? If you’re the anti-gift giving couple, I’m proud of you. You’re getting warmer… but still, why are we putting all of our attention on just one relationship?
What if we changed the rules to make V-Day more “Saint-ish”? What if we spent our normal 364 days of the year relishing in the love of that one “meant just for us”? THEN, spent February 14th reaching out to those with a lack of saint-like love? If we can turn our “narrow minded love” into a “how many people can I make feel loved” kind of holiday, we might just eliminate hate off the face of this earth for 2 seconds!
Stop showing love for just one person on just one day. Never let your mind become so consumed with the love of one person, that you forget to love friends, family, and ESPECIALLY strangers.
The universe needs a day where all of it’s people can experience love! Doesn’t that sound more Saint Valentine-ish?
Love your easily infatuated friend,
Suggested activities you can do to have a “how many people can I make feel loved” kind of Valentines Day! (Don’t be surprised if most of them seem like acts of service):
1) Serve in a food kitchen
2) Leave encouraging sticky notes/valentines day cards on people’s cars
3) Talk to everyone you run into! And have real conversations with them! Real conversations make people feel important and loved.
4) Smile! It’s contagious (cheesy but true).
5) Help people! Open that door, carry those groceries, pick up that dropped change etc.
6) Make that struggling family in your community dinner!