This time of year brings out the best in many people. Roses and sweets are all typical reminders of this lovely day known as Valentine’s Day. We are bombarded with ideas of how to show our love and affection, so that no one will ever be able to forget how we feel about them.
How is it that we only have so much focus on love just once a year? What about the other 364 days of the year? How often are we reminded that to show love outward, we must show love inward first? Our own hearts and how we look at ourselves is a true reflection of the love we are able to give and show others. If we demand so much of ourselves, how then do the people around us feel about what we are reflecting to them? Do we demand love? Do we love on the condition of demands being met first? How do people see your love everyday?
When we cease to take the time to care for ourselves, and allow our hearts to become heavy with worry, we are no longer able to see clearly, both inside and out. It can be heard in our voices and seen on our face. Remembering to be patient with ourselves first, gives us a better opportunity to be patient with others later on. I am constantly being reminded of my need to slow down, remember that I am a simple human being, and that I can take time to show myself love and care just as much as I show and give it freely to my friends and family.
When I remember to be patient, calm in heart and mind, the effect is felt where ever I go! My children even slow down, and we can take our time to communicate and hear one another clearly. It’s amazing the changes you will see, when you slow down first, show yourself love and patience (as no one has it all together every minute of the day!) and then in turn interact with the people around you! Speaking calmly with that Sales Rep on the phone just might go a bit smoother, when you remember to be calm and keep your voice light and sing song like. You might think I’m crazy, but I’m tellin’ ya it works!!
Take time this Valentine’s Day to remind yourself of the many ways love is shown to all. Through the small gestures and little sweetly said words that hang to the heart and keep it afloat later on when times get a little rough. When we take time to care for ourselves, we are better able to take care of the others we love around us.
Take some time to show yourself some love this Valentine’s Day and EVERYDAY!! Call the office for an appointment, or send me an email at shawnmarielmt(at)gmail.com ! Gift Certificates are always available both at my office and at Mother Earth Natural Foods, 440 Exchange St., Geneva NY. I can now also send an online billing invoice via Google Checkout and give you the option of your choice of payment! Share the love!!