You know what month it is. It is the month of love...and angst. We have somehow created a holiday, Valentine's Day, which is both exhilarating and crushing at the same time. When the flowers start arriving at work and the lucky ones get a lovely arrangement and others keep popping up like whack-a-moles to see if there is a bouquet for them it is not pretty and it is oh so unnecessary. When anyone's heart is broken on a day that is meant for love, we need a reframe. We need to commit to consistent acts of love for others and for ourselves. We need a 'love-elution'.









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We Need a Lov-elution!


We have created rules around Valentine's Day that has made it painful, expectant and not all that loving at times. Who made the rule that that we make this one day that important and the judge or barometer of whether or not they love us or love us not. I say we flip the switch and introduce simple acts of love throughout the year that can be enjoyed by the married and single alike. We can even show acts of love to ourselves. Let's start a 'lov-elution'!   There is a requires a shift in thinking.


A 'lov-elution' will only work if we engage in it from the point of giving and let go of the need to get something in return when we perform simple acts of love. We need to allow ourselves to be vulnerable and perform the act because it is the right thing for our souls and enhances who we are as people. Let go of the thought that the response validates the act. Embrace the fact that it feels great to do it and it means something wonderful to someone or something else. And, it can be done at any time.


There are so many things you can do to participate in a 'lov-elution':

  • Pick up the book Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and read it to your mother. Make sure you have tissues. Then, tell her how much she means to you.  You will not forget the moment and neither will she.

  • By a box of thank you notes and fill them out for the people that have made a difference in your life. Actually mail them. Who does that!

  • Start a life garden and add perennials dedicated to the people you love.   Post garden labels with their name and one word that describes why you love them.  They return every year.

  • Start a 'love-elution' journal and write about simple acts of love that you witness, read or hear about.  Pull it out when you are feeling down or when the world feels not so loving.

  • Make a point to perform simple acts of love throughout the year. Make them random and not necessarily tied to a specific day. Make someone's day.


When you release the need for an expected response for your simple acts of love, you allow yourself to enjoy just doing it in the name of love. That freeing step will allow these simple acts to be just a part of who you are. I promise you, you will LOVE it.


I will not minimize the thrill of getting something special on Valentine's Day. I will just invite you to step into a new tradition that can last a lifetime and bring you joy. Join me in a 'lov-elution'.  




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