Happy Valentine’s Day!

From me to you....enjoy this day!

From me to you….enjoy this day!

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.

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”  ― Gautama Buddha

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
― Gautama Buddha

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.

10 responses

  1. Got to love the suggestions at the bottom of a post, Lynn! Loved this one!

  2. Wishing my beautiful spider monkey a most wonderful Valentines Day ever! Loving the picture…shoes! I am not sure I buy into the whole commercialism of Valentines Day. I think we should show people how special we think they are everyday. Flowers are nice, but if you only give the people you love flowers on Valentines Day, how special is that really? I will admit that I do owe you an apology, I have not sent you that thing that I told you that I was going to. I do have it, I am just struggling with whether it is “good enough”, which is why I don’t typically share them with anyone. Anyway, you are a such a bright light in a sometimes dark world, I want to thank you for that! So on this day, I want to once again tell you that I adore you always! Have a great day my cheese smelling spider monkey, I will talk to you soon.

    1. I think you’re right as usual…and I know perfectly well that you show those you love appreciation all the time not just on one day. If you feel like sending that thing then please do. I know what you mean about hesitating because you’re not sure if it’s just the way you want it. I have a theory…if you write something true and genuine, even if the the words aren’t classically perfect or the grammar is a little non-standard, it doesn’t matter because the truth in the work comes through….That’s my monkey logic! I adore you too!

  3. What a beautiful Valentine from a beautiful lady! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Why thank you kindly! I had a wonderful Valentine’s day and I hope you did too. Let’s see…what can I celebrate next? How about St. Patrick’s Day? Corned beef and cabbage is pretty delicious! Lol…love all celebrations!

  4. Wow! Beautiful Lynn you are so FINE 🙂 I am so grateful our paths have crossed and now that they have I could not imagine my life without you in it. A very deep blog. Very well stated. Happy Valentines Day Lovely Lynn…Keep rockin it!

    1. Matt, you are one of my favorite people! I saw your message on Valentine’s day but didn’t get a chance to stop in and respond until now. Do you know I got a new job? It looks like it’s going to be a keeper but I had to concentrate for a few days until I knew what was what. I hope you had a fantastic Valentine’s day…and a fantastic yesterday and a fantastic today! Lol….I always want you to be happy!

      1. Awww! Can you see my smile on the east coast? It’s so big it’s even melting this snow! You are one of my favorite people too, but you already know that. Congrats with the new job. Everyday is a fantastic day and people like you only make it better. Happy, that be me and I always want you to be happy too. Keep rockin it:)

  5. Well dang…what a gorgeous Valentine…wow…Lynn you have one sexy n gorgeous killer smile

    1. Hi there! Thank you. I saw your sweet message on Valentine’s day but just now got a chance to log in and say thank you. I got a new job so I’m trying to hit a new rhythm with everything. Hope you’re having a great day!

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