In Our Element – Traditions & Valentine’s Day
We are in the midst of the month of love. 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. There was also a time when I would include my co-workers in my Valentine’s Day gifting with a homemade card and a piece of chocolate attached.
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It’s another day that reminds us to be nice to the people we care about and with whom we 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 and I kept it up for 8 years 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. However; now I am no longer a part of a large organization and now that I am with a small, close-knit group again, I am contemplating re-introducing this tradition. It’s a small gesture but one that makes everyone involved feel a little more connected.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
As for hubs and me, he really looks forward to doing something special for me on this day as well, but I don’t 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 with him 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 on my face, 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 or a bag for my daughter and both grandchildren. The basket includes small things. 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.
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb a reward.
So Valentine’s week is all about traditions for me. Traditions do not have to be extravagant or cost a fortune. 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 Valentine’s 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 embrace that it is indeed better to give than to receive.
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Until next time…I remain in my Element – God Bless!