Share Some Self-Love this Valentine’s

This beautiful card and others like it are on sale just in time for Valentines Day, in an effort to promote more genuine self appreciation.

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How about a self-love Valentine this year?

While it may be true that there are certain, say, presidential candidates who don’t need encouragement in this area, most of the people I know could benefit from more sincere self-appreciation.

I wrote about Terri last year in THIS POST

What if we didn’t just wait, hoping that others might notice we need love and appreciation? What if we had a day to honor the best in ourselves?  Well, Terri St. Cloud of Bone Sigh Arts posted this on her blog: “Let’s put the Heart in Valentine’s Day”.

You’ll find some heartfelt examples there. And I bet you can think of people in your own life who deserve more love and credit for goodness than they give themselves.

Let’s give it a try. First, spend a little time considering what you need, and see how you can give yourself more. More peace, more time, more love, more patience; more compassion. And look for ways to share this gift with others who need a little, or a lot, of encouragement to honor themselves.

It just might make the world a better place.

A Science Fiction Movie

helmets copySometimes I feel like I’m living in a science fiction movie.  I was enjoying our writer’s group meeting at the (staid) public library, when two friends walk in. Nothing too unusual, aside from their costumes: red jackets, big sunglasses, and shiny hats made from colanders and foil. They are walking stiffly, like robots. With fists full of flowers. It’s as is Trudy from Search for Intelligent Life had sent her friends on a mission. To deliver cake, studded with pipe cleaners and flowers.

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the hemi-cake, with flowers and surveillance butterfly

CAKE! Did I need cake? In preparation for the sugary holiday treats, I brought strawberries (thank god!). Gwen brought cookies. Kay arrived with her usual witticisms  wondering aloud if she brought cookies would it distract us from noticing she hadn’t accomplished her writing goals.  And then there’s cake.

Our meeting leader did a magnificent job of reclaiming our attention, distracted as we were by the sweet treats. We did manage to share our work and glean inspiration for our future efforts. (For more info on the writers group, go here)

My life is populated with colorful, creative characters, brilliant, loving people who weave their creative joy through my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

And if I see little green men on the way home, I won’t bat an eye.