This week is Valentine’s Day. The stores will be full of people looking for a gift for the ones that they love. Most will choose between flowers, cards, chocolates, jewelry and a romantic dinner for two. Early on in my marriage, I asked my husband to stop buying stuff for Valentine’s Day. It’s not because I’m not romantic or that I don’t like to be showered with gifts. It’s because I’ve always considered February 14th to be a “Hallmark Holiday.” Millions of dollars are spent to make loved ones feel loved. Shouldn’t we be spoiling our loved ones every day?
I love holidays, don’t get me wrong. I love seeing children smiling and giggling in the Valentine aisle choosing the cards they will give to their classmates. I love the little heart candies with words printed on them. I remember watching my mom spending hours rolling, cutting, baking, and decorating heart-shaped cookies for our friends (now the rules have changed and everything has to be purchased from the store.) I bake cupcakes and take my granddaughters cards and candy for Valentine’s Day. But, can you imagine a world where we performed random acts of kindness for our loved ones all year long?
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles M. Schulz
Last week I had the opportunity to spend 2 days in Berlin, Ohio at a conference for my husband’s employer. I was touched by the amount of love I saw within the company who sponsored the event. Everyone who works there loves their job! The speakers were carefully chosen and each spoke about their successes and failures as business owners. I was especially impressed with a gentleman who stood up and talked about his difficult relationship with his father. He told us he chose to work for him as an adult and worked side by side with him until his death. He spoke about how he runs the company today and the culture that he has developed within his staff. We were given a card that has 48 words on it and every month the company focuses on a new word. I could see that he was developing a staff who loves to come to work, who loves and respects each other and in turn, loves and respects their families.
As I looked at the list of words, several stuck out, but the one that touched me was PASSION. The word “passion” can mean several things and according to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the definition is 1. Any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate. 2. Strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor. 3. Strong sexual desire; lust. 4. An instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire. 5. A person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire. 6. A strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm or desire for anything such as a passion for music. 7. The object of such a fondness or desire, i.e. Accuracy became a passion for him.
If I asked you what you were passionate about, what would you say? I would hope that your faith, your family, and your career would be at the top of your list. Are you passionate about your career or is it simply a way to earn a paycheck? I truly believe that life is too short to be stuck in a job that you don’t love. Perhaps you love your chosen career field but have simply lost your passion for your job. It might be worth your time to sit down with your supervisor and discuss ways to change the culture within your workspace and help your coworkers find their passion, too. Studies have shown that happy employees are more productive, call in less often and love what they do.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, take a few minutes to think about how good it feels to show those you love how you feel about them. Then, take it a step further and chose a random day of the week every month (like the 2nd Thursday of every month) and send them a card, write them a note, take them to lunch or plan a dinner out to show them how much you care.
Everyone loves to feel loved, wanted and needed. Let’s try to make a habit of showing those we love and care about how we feel more often than once a year.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
(me and my Valentine)
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