“Several years ago, about 6 months after my husband had died, a dear friend dropped off a box of my favorite comfort foods – a whole box of Tasty Cakes Butterscotch Krimpets! It was totally unexpected and brought such a deep feeling of joy and a smile to my face that wouldn’t end. It was just one example of all of the kindness that came to me – homemade soups and meatloafs (notice the food theme?), a walk on the beach, and a hundred other ‘gifts’ of love. Reaching out to others is one of the most powerful and loving things we can do for another person.
We all know that Valentine’s Day is a time of love and romance, but not everyone has someone to share it with. Chances are that many people will be home alone thinking about how much they miss their partner or family members. It doesn’t take a lot to reach out and send love to those who are by themselves.
I encourage you to think of others, to spread your caring and love, and give a nice surprise to those who are alone or dealing with sadness. It only takes a few minutes to write a card or email, or better yet, to call them up and say how you are thinking of them, or take them out to lunch or for a walk – this is true friendship, kindness, and the gift of caring.
Valentine’s Day is all about love, whether you are giving it or receiving it. Be the one who reaches out to others and shares some love – not just on Valentine’s Day but perhaps make this a loving practice throughout the year.
Sending love to all of you!”