We are one month into a new year. We survived January! There were a few days when I doubted I'd continue to be positive about a few snowflakes (and sub-zero temperatures), but we endured. We're here.
February has a host of special days. Let's start with the fact that the entire month is dedicated to recognizing Black History. Dentists get some major attention this month. Presidents' Day gives many of us a day off to remember those presidents who truly defined leadership. Optimist Day: isn't that great? Groundhog Day. National Pizza Day. But mostly February is known for Valentine's Day. Telling those important to us that we love them, appreciate them, need them. Not just our romantic loves, but our parents, children, friends. Some look at this day or month as a time to "share the love" by helping community members by donating time or money. And how about ourselves? Do we recognize the good in our own hearts? What does Valentine's Day mean to you?
For me, I guess it's about romantic love: 42 years married to the same man is surely something worth celebrating. Love for my children and grandchildren: can't imagine life without them. Friends who've been around for many years...I hope they know what they mean to me.
As I was looking through different internet sites, I kept coming back to quotes that really meant something to me. Here's a few:
"When you love someone, you love the whole person as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be."--Leo Tolstoy
"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."--Lucille Ball
"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."--Charles Schultz
My grandchildren were all given the book "You Are My I Love You" before they were even born. It's one of those books I dare you to read without tearing up. It so simply defines love for a child that I get goosebumps just thinking about it. Is there a book that defines love for you?
I hope you find a reason to celebrate Valentine's Day. If you need some ideas, be sure to head to the GUIDES section of our website. Our Valentine's Day Guide has some great ideas and activities that are kid and family-friendly. I had some help creating the guide from three special young ladies who definitely have my heart.
And finally, one last quote:
"Start February 14 and every day loving who you see in the mirror. Appreciating who they are, what they've done and what they plan to do. Love that person first."--Diane B.