I absolutely love the idea of a holiday during which we celebrate LOVE with paper hearts, cards, flowers, chocolates and, of course, hugs and kisses. Love is an essential component of our human existence.
If I asked you to make a list of all the people you love, it would probably be quite a long list of family and friends (and perhaps a celebrity or two). But who would be at the very top of your list? Would it be YOU?
As you pour out your love, affection, compassion, and kindness to others on Valentine’s Day or any day, I urge you to remember to do these things for yourself, too. And as a committed list maker, I suggest that you make a list of all the things about you that make you wonderfully and amazingly you. Begin each item with the words “I absolutely love…” Make it a long, long list that covers personality traits, physical characteristics, and the way you live your life each day. Be extremely generous in your praise for yourself because you deserve it.
Here are a few examples that might be on the lists of several women I know and love…
… I absolutely love my sense of humor.
… I absolutely love that I am bright and independent.
… I absolutely love my nurturing spirit.
… I absolutely love that I am a creative problem-solver.
… I absolutely love my sense of style.
… I absolutely love the way I dance.
Making your list will only take a few minutes, but every moment will be time well-spent. My hope for you this Valentine’s Day (and every day) is that when you hear the question “Whom do you love?”… your first response will be “I love me!”
Celebrate YOU this Valentine’s Day! You deserve it.