Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s funny how people either love or hate this Hallmark holiday, after all, shouldn’t every day be a day to love?
So often we focus on how much love we are or are not getting, who from and whether we are sharing our love enough. However, how often do we focus on deeply connecting to the wellspring of love withing ourselves? How do we even access it?
I remember when I was growing up, as a senior in high school we got to choose a senior quote for the annual yearbook. Being me, I chose to quote about loving yourself first, even back then. I knew the importance of loving self and was striving to do just that. I still am. There are days when I feel filled up and other days it feels like an uphill battle.
The thing is, we don’t have to be perfect in loving ourselves or anyone else. There are peaks, dips, and valleys when it comes to love. What’s important is that we to commit to coming back to love as often as we can. To return to love and allow each day to compound on the previous one – to expand and grow the momentum and depth of the love received and given. You are a part of that equation, so love you too.
What acts of love are you showing to yourself? Could it be as simple as not striving for perfection and letting yourself off the hook? Could it be carving out time to catch up on rest? If you love getting your nails done or crave a good solid workout, don’t delay. Make it happen with the intention of treating yourself good. Have you been procrastinating on eating healthier or have fallen off your meditation practice? Do you crave spending time with God refill your capacity to love?
These are just some ways you could show yourself some extra love this week, allowing yourself to unwind and have some quality time with you – because you are worth it.