I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have always loved Valentine’s Day. Ever since I can remember, my parents (and especially my Dad) would leave little notes or treats for my 4 siblings and me to celebrate this day. Nothing crazy. Nothing dramatic. Nothing expensive. Just a little reminder that we were loved. And worth loving.
Today, as I think of the gift that my parents gave me in crafting Valentine’s the way they did, I wanted to share these links with you.
May you find love today, and really every day, wherever you go.
1. Here’s a recipe for Almost-Famous Homemade Conversation Hearts. Totally worth the time!
2. This is a wonderful piece by Lynn Ungar on making Valentine’s Day a day “to practice love not so much as a feeling but as a choice, a discipline, a practice. You could start with the conviction that everyone certainly needs love, and the possibility that everyone deserves it. Not because they have earned it, not because they are loveable, but because each of us is capable of being an instrument of grace, which is another name for the love that we don’t have to earn or deserve.”
3. If you think Valentine’s Day is gruesome now, check out this brief video from History.com.
4. Have you ever thought about writing a love letter to a complete stranger? Well, here’s your chance. More Love Letters creates bundles of letters for a person in need of some love. They run campaigns where anyone who wishes to contribute writes to the same person and that person gets a big stack of love letters. You can nominate a friend in need or write a letter. Check it out. Volunteer once or many times. It’s an easy way to add love to world. And listen to this while you write: