What the world needs now is love, sweet love…,
“That’s the only thing that there’s just too little of…”
These beautiful and powerful lines by gifted songwriters Hal David and Burt Bacharach continue with “…No, not just for some, but for everyone.” This week has Valentine’s Day in it and this provides a perfect opportunity to spread some love around. I say let’s get busy!
I am happy to report that I am way past needing chocolates—ok, maybe needing is too strong a word–asking for chocolates, especially the assorted ones (that are mostly duds), in the fancy boxes. I think someone should design a decorative box with Mounds, Almond Joy, Butterfinger, Twix, and Baby Ruth, full of only my favorites! So far I haven’t seen one but having a heart and loving is so much more than candy and flowers. It’s thinking about and remembering friends and loved ones and how to make their day. This week is perfect for mushy letters, flowers, and notes, and you can send them to:
Those who lost a spouse, or parents who’ve lost a child – the other day on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, the reporter talked to parents of one of the victims of the Parkland, Florida massacre a year ago and the mother shared how they would spend Valentine’s Day this year. She said they would spend the day quietly, remembering their daughter. She said every day is still difficult but they don’t want their daughter’s name to be forgotten amidst all the anniversary hubbub. Further, the families of high profile massacres, school shootings, and other victims of senseless violence are still suffering—please remember them this Valentine’s Day in your prayers too.
Those friends who are still mourning their recently deceased parents, siblings, or spouses will feel Valentine’s Day more acutely as they remember the daily conversations they miss so much, the companionship they enjoyed—call for lunch or just to check in. Your sensitivity will probably mean as much as flowers and candy. Try to send a note for those first anniversaries and birthdays, too—think about what would be meaningful to you and do that.
Your teachers/professors/mentors, villagers—the folks who took/take time to give themselves wholeheartedly to/for you and your success. They opened doors, held them open, and encouraged you to walk through before you even knew where the knobs were. Say thank you for their investment and be grateful for their continued involvement. We are all better off because of our cheerleaders and fan club presidents—better yet, become someone’s chief cheerleader and encourager. My favorite plaque says “We rise by lifting others!” It’s true. When people believe in you, there’s not much you can’t do.
Author Michael Hyatt, asks “When people leave you, do they feel smaller or taller?” You probably already know the answer but this week make a vow to either keep lifting or be lovingly purposeful and start with a kind and encouraging word. Whichever you choose, listen to the lyrics of Jackie DeShannon’s self-penned classic, Put a Little Love in Your Heart. “Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand, put a little love in your heart. …You see, it’s getting late, oh, please don’t hesitate…Another day goes by, and still the children cry, If you want the world to know, we won’t let hatred grow, Put a little love in your heart…”
*Co-written with her brother, Jackie Myers, and Jimmy Holiday
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