It’s Valentine’s day, a season (since it starts around New Year’s now) when hearts and pink and red become unavoidable. Men are told diamonds and roses are necessary for peace in the home, and women feel (vaguely) obligated to wear the sexy undies on their dates that night. But really, what should V-day be about? Well, there’s a whole passel of places to find out the origins of St. Valentine’s day so I’m not even going to bother with that. What I’m aiming at is: what do you WANT it to be about?
If it’s purely a romantic thing, all flowers and cuddles and sexiness- go for it.
If you feel obligated to get a card to recognize a day pre written on the calendar, (you shouldn’t) I reckon that’s ok too. As long as you don’t go all guilt stricken when the card shows up late (usually what happens to my obligation gifts- they land in limbo for a week or so before finding their way to the intended persons).
What if we collectively decide to open the possibilities up? What is good for our hearts? Not in the eatrightexercise way, so much as what makes your heart light. I mean, don’t get me wrong…. food makes my heart happy. Especially when it’s prepared with love and I enjoy it with people I love. Exercise too, makes my heart happy- I’m so much less stressed after a nice long Hula class. Mostly because I have to change my focus from all things everywhere to what my physical body is doing AT THIS MOMENT. Coordinate. Hands, hips, feet. (It takes a lot of focus.)
In the spirit of that, here’s a list of a few things that make my heart happy, fill me with love, and generally lighten my soul:
:: Laughter. I go through periods when it seems I’m laughing all the time and it’s wonderful. It makes me happy, cheerful with others and more patient with people I would otherwise threaten with sudden destruction. I’m going to try to extend those amusing periods.
:: Bear. He makes me feel all soft and mushy inside, pulls me up when I’m down, makes me laugh, lets me vent, and occasionally brings me strawberries. He has shown me a world I would never have known without him. He’s so good for my heart.
:: Monkey. When I’m having one of those omgimabadparentcausethelaundryisallstackedandidon’teverdoanythingaroundthehouseandi’msuppos
edtoTEACHthiskidsomething days inevitably he tells me how much he loves me and that he’s glad I’m his mom. Without prompting. 🙂 How can that not make you feel better. It’s like the magic kiss on the boo-boo.
:: Kindness. You know how when, on the spur of the moment, you do something really kind for someone with no thought or intent behind it other than to help and you get that really light, cheerful feeling after? I love that. Or when strangers start being nice, holding doors for you and offering to help you with whatever, and everyone’s all “thank you” “you’re welcome” and you feel friendly? Yeah. That’s it.
:: Framily. These are the people who, though not actually related to me, I have adopted and come to consider my own. I love them all dearly (though I don’t tell them often). I call them when I’m up, down, or sideways and they call me, too. We break bread, drink coffee and wine, laugh, mock, sing, dance, dress up, spend holidays, bitch, and maybe even cry together. They are my support system, they too, are good for my heart.
There’s more, I know, but I’d be here all day and you get the idea. At any rate, the point is- don’t let others define how you celebrate and view the world. You have your own lenses and they see differently than any others. Have a fabulous Monday. Do something kind for yourself or someone else. Laugh. Tell the people you love that you love them. Then do it again tomorrow and the day after.