Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Kindest Words

Instead of the usual lovey-dovey rose-tinted Valentine's Day post, I'm sharing the love in a different way today. 

As has been very clear here, I'm extremely single. And I actually love it. And being single on V-Day doesn't really bother me at all. It's a great time to remind the people around you that you love them. In my family, we say "I love you" every time we leave the house, end a phone call, or just because. It's something that I've found most people don't do, which is sad.

Maybe it's weird that we love each other so much and make it known. But I'd rather die knowing that the people I care about know that I do. Call me crazy.

Valentine's Day shouldn't be reserved for those with a significant other in their life. So today, I encourage you (single or not) to let the people you love know it.

During my three years serving on the UGA HEROs exec board in college, we would do this often, and it was always a great pick-me-up. A lot of times this would happen after a long week where HERO things were stressful. Or just because. We'd write our name on a piece of paper and pass it around the room for people to write something about you. It could range from a short paragraph to one single word. But it was always uplifting, hilarious, and heartfelt.

I'll never forget one of these in particular, though. One of the girls on the exec board had been going through a rough time, and decided to give us a pep talk during our meeting. She had taken the time to write a little blurb about every one of us (there was 30 of us, by the way). And we're talking very heart-felt and thought out messages here. Not something she threw together. And I don't think I've ever felt so complimented in my life.

I have this pinned up on my wall now to remind me every day that no matter how bad I'm feeling about myself, or what kind of mood I'm in, that someone, somewhere thinks great things about me. I can honestly say this was easily the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me.  

Sometimes all it takes is some kind words to make someone's day. Remember that today. 
Let your friends and family know how much you love them.
Share the love. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

xoxo, jgp

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