Monday, February 14, 2011
If You Love Them, Tell Them
Happy Valentines Day.
So often in our busy lives we forget to tell our loved ones that we love them. We assume they know, and maybe once a year on a day like today, we tell them. Isn't that sad?
Why don't we express love more readily? I think it's because our feelings aren't usually part of our conscious thoughts. Humans are naturally selfish. We don't spend a lot of time thinking about how much we love our spouse, children, parents, siblings, or even good friends.
Let's change that. Today, right now, let's think about how much these people and these relationships mean to us. And, let's take a few minutes to tell them.
Let's remember to express our love on the 364 other days of the year too. Sincere expressions of love are always welcome and always uplifting.
I have a friend who decorates the bedroom door of each of her children with paper hearts on Valentines Day. On each heart she writes something special that she loves about that child. I tried this on my own seven kids two years ago. Most of them left the hearts on their door until they faded, curled up, and fell off. Some of them are still there.
One of the sweetest things we can do is write love notes to the ones we love. Even the prickliest of teenagers will cherish a love note from a parent. If you think about it, you will think of someone who could use just such a note. A love note from you could be the greatest gift you could give someone this Valentines Day. Our words make a difference. They are powerful. They can change lives.