In Our Element – Traditions & Valentine’s Day
I love connecting with the people that support my blog and every Monday I send out a newsletter of sorts, that I hope helps to get their week off to a positive start. Because this week’s message discussed traditions and the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share here as well. Below is this week’s In Our Element newsletter. I hope you enjoy.
Welcome to a new week and the month of love. I hope last week was all you hoped and prayed it would be. I don’t know about you but I am so looking forward to Valentine’s Day. Not because I need or want chocolates or flowers but because it’s another day to celebrate “love.” Not just the love between hubs and me, but it is also a chance for me to do something special for my daughter and my grandchildren. And there was a time when I would give each of my coworkers a homemade card with a piece of chocolate attached.
It’s another day that reminds us to be nice to the people we care about and with whom you spend the most time. I remember the first time I surprised coworkers with a simple valentine card with a piece of chocolate attached. It was such a small thing to do, but it seemed to be so appreciated. And because of that, I made it a tradition. This was a very popular tradition until I moved to a very large company and I allowed the tradition to fall by the wayside. I’m sorry I allowed that to happen. I am no longer a part of a large organization and now that I am with a small, close-knit group, I am contemplating starting this tradition again. It’s a small gesture but one that makes everyone involved feel a little more connected.
As for hubs and me, he really looks forward to doing something special for me as well, but I do not need that. It is my pleasure to have the opportunity to intertwine my life with his. It is my joy to be his Mrs. And the last 4 years of my life have, for the most part, all been Valentine’s Day worthy, so I allow him to decide what I receive for that day. I do not need one more piece of jewelry and as I said above chocolates or flowers are not necessary either, but if he decides I deserve them, I will accept them with a smile, a song in my heart and the gratefulness of someone who realizes how special it is when someone loves you enough to go the extra mile.
I have one other tradition for this day. Each year I build a basket for my daughter and both grandchildren. The basket includes candy of course, but it also includes puzzles, books, generally a stuffed animal and other small items I know they love or need. Again, a small gesture, but one my kids look forward to receiving and I look forward to giving.
So this week’s element is all about traditions. Traditions do not have to be extravagant or cost a lot. They simply need to come from the heart. And remember sometimes, just as in organization, the little things have the largest impact.
My prayer for you this week is that you will build traditions. That you will connect heart to heart with the important people in your life. That you will feel the joy of giving and embace that it is indeed better to give than to receive.
What new traditions will you begin with your loved ones this week?
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