15 February, 2012
When I got home yesterday something I had ordered off the internet had arrived. I was eagerly unwrapping it when suddenly this little guy fell out. Small, simple, inexpensive yet totally unexpected and a really sweet surprise.
It was lovely seeing all of the romantic messages and presents that went out yesterday for Valentine’s Day. We don’t ‘do’ Valentines, but I did get a very sweet phone call and subsequent affectionate text message around lunch time. Simple, but it put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.
I saw a lot of posts denouncing Valentines and those who celebrate it. I didn’t like it. Sure we don’t celebrate it but why should we be down on those who do? Good for them, it brings happiness to their day. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to use the day to take a little time to appreciate people.
Yesterday I ran an errand on my lunch break and had to stop in at the bank. As I was leaving, the man waiting in line behind me handed me a little chocolate and wished me a happy Valentine’s Day. It was such a lovely and unexpected thing to do it made me feel really good.
And the more I thought about it, the happier I felt. I’m lucky, I’m plenty happy in my life but I know there are people who see Valentine’s Day as a painful reminder, that feel alone in this world for one reason or another. What if I was one of those people? Imagine how much more of an impact such a simple but sweet gesture would have had.
So while Valentine’s Day is a good reminder, practice random acts of kindness regularly to everyone around you, including strangers. You never know what is going on in their life and a smile and a friendly word could be all they need.
We all have those days, think about how much an improvement it would make for you and seek to do it for others. You’ll notice the amount of good things that find you increases.