Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day.

I’ve always loved the holiday because it’s an excuse to focus a little more on love than we do on normal days.  I know that it has become way too commercialized and that we should love those around us everyday just the same.  But sometimes it’s nice to just have a little reminder to focus a little on those around us.  My husband and I have never really gone overboard on Valentine’s Day either.  It’s mostly cards and small reminders of our love for each other.  He usually sends flowers like he did today.  What girl doesn’t love receiving flowers?  This year he got a little creative and got me a potted rose plant.  I hope I don’t kill this beautiful gift with my lack of a green thumb and no natural light in my office (can’t take it home the cats would eat it).

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As I was driving today to go pick up his gift (I can’t tell you what I got him yet because he hasn’t received it yet) I heard a very interesting point on K-LOVE.  In order to receive love you have to give love.  I know a lot of people hate Valentine’s Day because they don’t have a special person on that day but the reality of it is that you don’t have to “be in a relationship” to give and receive love on Valentine’s Day.  Take a minute and do something nice for someone else today that may not have a special “Valentine” today or maybe someone who does and you just want to do something special.  It can be a friend, family member, coworker or teacher.  It could be the person in the check out line or your waitress at the restaurant.  The possibilities are endless to show love to someone today (or any day for that matter).  By giving love, you will receive it yourself.  Isn’t that the true meaning of Valentine’s Day anyway; to show others how much we love and appreciate them.

I can now edit this to add that my husband LOVED his chocolate covered strawberries that I got him from an awesome local natural candy shop, Sweet Pete’s.  You would think that after buying them for him each year for the past three years he would expect them but he didn’t 🙂

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Where or where is my time?  Time to do the little things that never seem to get done.  The time to do the things I want to do.  And the time to do the things I HAVE to do.  With the same 24 hours in any days you would think that there should be always enough time but there never is.  There’s never enough time to take care of my existing workload at the office before more is added in this current government culture of more with less (I’m a civil servant).  There’s never enough time to organize the house with two little girls.  There’s never quite enough time for personal enrichment with work, family, and home responsibilities.  Its overwhelming at times but I’m not sure I would really have it any other way (well maybe less work at work :))

But I am going to try one of my goals again…more frequent blogging.  Wish me luck.