If you did not receive roses or chocolate for Valentines Day…
These things don’t validate you as a person or mean you are unimportant.
Just remember YOU ARE LOVED and you do MATTER.
After all the Valentines Day aisles are cleared out and made ready for the next marketed Holiday (Easter Candy has arrived already); just remember…
“When the rose petals drop and the chocolate is eaten, what remains? Hopefully, the love that prompted the gifts. And even if you didn’t receive or give any of these, you still have your own heart. On this Valentine Holiday , do something heartfelt, something courageous. Stand up for something or someone you believe in, whether it’s a big act or a little gesture. Take action on something you’ve always dreamed of doing. Make it real. Exercise your unique heart wisdom.”
Our world is hungry for more so much more than chocolates!
The world needs more kindness and courage!
Dr. Brené Brown says it best in her book The Gifts of Imperfection:
“The original definition of ‘courage’ . . . is from the Latin word ‘cor,’ meaning ‘heart.’ And the original definition was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. And so these folks had, very simply, the courage to be imperfect. They had the compassion to be kind to themselves first, and then to others, because, as it turns out, we can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly. And the last was they had connection, and—this was the hard part—as a result of authenticity, they were willing to let go of who they thought they should be, in order to be who they were, which you have to absolutely do that for connection.”
Loving yourself takes a huge amount of raw courage. It is the first step toward being a more compassionate and kind human. We have to begin there and then connecting with others will come naturally.