Here we are on one of my very favorite days. Valentine’s Day is always special. I like everything about it. I like the pink, red, chocolate and flowers. I like the teddy bears and the cards with awful rhymes in them. Who couldn’t revel in a celebration of love? Maybe I enjoy it so much because it’s a chance to stop and take stock of the love we receive but more importantly of the love we give into the world. You see, I think that’s our job. What else are we here for except to shine the light of love into the dark cracks? We don’t have to go looking far to find places where a little word of kindness can make a difference. Every day presents us with opportunities if we are looking for them.
…and while we’re looking for those opportunities, we must also remember that we deserve our own gentle treatment and encouragement. There is nothing noble in being unkind to yourself. Whatever tasks you take on, whatever goals you set (in the gym or out) you will fall short at some time or another. That is inevitable. The way you respond, however, is critical to your future success. If you allow a blaming, shaming internal dialogue you probably won’t be able to salvage much from the experience. Nobody learns or grows well in an environment of negativity and that includes the one you build yourself with cruel thoughts and words directed internally.
While we celebrate this beautiful day, remember that you have great power to affect the world. You never know how much a simple, loving word or deed can mean to someone else and you can’t very well do a good job of finding those opportunities if you’ve torn yourself to shreds with your own thoughts. Be easy with yourself. When you stumble, take a deep breath, resolve to do better, dust yourself off…and keep going.