As I heal from recent shoulder surgery, I have a whole new appreciation for the word “Love” (not to mention having the use of both arms!). My husband Peter has been treating me like royalty (even more than usual), and my daughter Katie has been wonderful, taking care of me when he is away on business and being available to help me out during the day, in spite of her own busy life at work and at home. Friends, too, have been supportive beyond words, showering me with comfort food and gifts and lots and lots of words of encouragement.
So for me, there’s just no bottom to my reservoir of inspiration this Valentine’s Day! All I need to do is think about all the amazing gestures of love that I’ve been fortunate to receive. In fact all of us can find this kind of inspiration if we look around us. Think about the nice things – big and small – that the people closest to you have done for you. And don’t forget the little acts of kindness you receive from co-workers and friends. Why not remember everyone with a Valentine? A simple, heartfelt card is always well received, especially when it’s unexpected. A token gift – something silly from the local dollar store, a homemade treat or even a single piece of candy – is sure to bring a smile.
How about you? What inspires you this Valentine’s Day?