Know this and every little thing will be all right.
You are loved, BeLoveRs. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Let’s talk about gun control and how to protect our kids, our future, and our society.
The only shooting I ever want to see is this type, someone shooting on goal.
Let’s start with respect. Respect your parents. Respect your elders. Respect yourself and others and others’ property. Respect your teachers.
Partners – respect and love your chosen partner and do your part to create love and peace in your home daily. Honor one another.
Do your work. Always. And stop complaining. Just do it. Doing the work takes discipline and discipline is needed in just about anything you value.
Be more self less and less self entitled.
Hold the door open for others.
Give love and respect freely.
Understand and feel compassion for others.
Practice the art of connection. Smiles are free. Look someone in the eye and greet them. Call your mom. Call your grandmother. Call your best friend. Return a text message or voicemail or email in a reasonable amount of time.
Be friendly. Be a good friend. Celebrate your friends’ gifts.
Call of duty means something significant. A call of duty is to serve and to protect our country. It’s not hours spent in front of a video screen playing a violent game and feeling nothing.
Go outside and play and run around and learn to be responsible and to get along with others in your neighborhood.
Know your neighbors and talk to them.
Give back to your community without expecting anything in return. Help one another.
Mental illness is real and we need to talk about it more. We need better systems to treat and medicate those with this illness and to support the family members who bear the responsibility for their loved ones with this type of incapacitation.
Have empathy and try to understand how lucky you are and how others might not be as fortunate as you.
Make time for family dinners or a family breakfast or a family walk. Make time to see and to listen to each other and to connect with your family members. You are important to them and they are important to you.
Follow your moral compass. Religious institutions provide structure and purpose. Choose yours wisely and give of yourself to your beloved institution.
Be mindful. Think before you act.
Go to bed and sleep 8-10 hours. We are sleep deprived and we need more sleep to be healthier.
Make your bed every morning.
Choose the harder right versus doing what’s instantly satisfying.
Work. Then play. In that order.
Laugh. It feels good.
If we collectively practice what we value, maybe we’ll create more happiness, love and light in this world. One Love.
We’ll practice gun control by keeping them locked up in safes to protect us from evil instead of creating evil acts with them.
The best gun control happens between your ears.
The coolest thing that happens when tragedy hits is the outpouring of love.
It’s like a wave that comes over to try to wash away the grief and sadness.
The pain doesn’t go away, but the love that is offered, shared, expressed and given, helps to soften the edges.
Love wins, in all of it’s forms.
What does that mean?
What does that look like?
What does loving yourself feel like?
Why is it important?
It took me several years to really learn this lesson. To know it. To feel it. To really do it. And to realize that this process changes and is never done. And it’s ok, more than ok, and we should be celebrating our happiness and creating more happiness. It’s contagious and I want to share it.
If I were to share my valentine gift with you, it would be this:
Figure out what makes you happy and make time to do that. TODAY.
If you don’t know what makes you happy, then sit for 15 minutes and try to make a list. If nothing is coming to you, then focus on just breathing and relaxing and freeing your mind for 15 minutes. Create some space and time so that your creativity can flow. And then tomorrow, pick something from your list and spend 15 minutes doing what makes you smile. Everyone has 15 minutes to squeeze in joy and it’s a huge investment in your daily well being and productivity and the happiness you can give out to the world.
This Valentine’s Day – instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers or chocolate or to be romantic, make time for yourself and do something that you love. Give yourself the freedom from responsibility and duty to live it up and love it out and create joy – even if it’s only 15 minutes. Loving ourselves needs to become a habit, something we practice and become good at. Because the more we love ourselves and see the good that we are, the more love and more goodness we have to share with others. This is the endless circle we want to create. The happiness circle that keeps on growing and growing and fills our earth, filled with love and happiness. Oh, I like that visual… don’t you?
Love me. Love you.
Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU! Wonderful YOU!