Valentines Day is a fabulous time of year…..unless you don’t have a special someone to get chocolate, buy flowers for, or pick out the perfect card…then it can be a little uncomfortable possibly, or even frustrating? There are a range of emotions tied up with this holiday.
However, it is a perfect time that you CAN Sweeten Up Valentine’s for Someone Else with service and helping.
We can all find ways to look outside our self and see who might need a little love.
The promotion of Valentines seems to be that everyone MUST have a sweetheart, or life is over, you have failed, and all is lost.
Marketing at its best.
However, whether there is a sweetheart or not in our life, everyone could use a friend, an act of kindness, a small thoughtful gift; so let’s take this opportunity to spread the love!
There are those who are feeling lonely at a loss this time of year, and even isolated. So let’s see how we can do some good!
Who do you feel impressed that needs a kindness; and remember, age does not matter?
Someone came to your mind didn’t they???
I think so!
Don’t ignore it, and if no one did, then think a bit longer…..
When you do have a name or two or three, here are some ideas that might help spread the enthusiasm of the holiday to last all year long.
- take them to lunch or take lunch to them if they are unable to get out easily
- take them a plant or even small tree to put in their yard
- have a gift certificate delivered for any number of a variety of services, click HERE  for ideas
- make a special meal for a neighbor to come over, or to drop off to them
- have others over for a game night who might not have a spouse or a family to be with that day
- volunteer at a shelter or a food kitchen/bank
- find a way to serve in the neighborhood by doing yard work or shoveling snow
- make Valentine cards to send to military or veterans, many do not have loved ones who write to them and would not mind one bit if they were late getting to them
- put together a little treat bag for someone, it doesn’t have to be big or expensive
- do not be a sore loser – meaning, if someone at work, or a friend does have a sweetie and you don’t, take the high-road and be happy for them!
- volunteer at the animal shelter or take approved treats or needed supplies
- visiting a widow(er) or shut-in
We truly are defined by how we handle difficult situations, and this may be a challenging holiday for us.
If so, let’s put on a happy face, choose a way to serve (possibly different people or the same person) at least once this week, or maybe even every day if it’s a small act, such as anonymously dropping off a little treat.
You will be amazed at the difference you will feel, how your own burden will be lifted and how you will look forward to each day with excitement and joy.
For more see: Valentine Service and How YOU Can Spread the Love 
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today