This year I want you all to join me in celebrating February as the “LOVE” month. No I have not regressed with age to the likes of a hippie although I have had someone call me a hippie chic recently. Generally those who are in relationships feel the love during this month due to Valentines Day but I think the whole month (whether you are in love or not) should be celebrated with love. I believe every month it should be celebrated but for now lets just focus on February!
This new place I have found in life revolves around being grateful for what I have, not allowing myself to focus on what I don’t and giving something back. I have grown to understand the importance of self-love and now realize that having that allows me to give more love outside of myself. Maybe I have watched too many romantic movies lately or maybe I have focused too much on the wisdom of Dr. Wayne Dyer and Louise Hay. The point is that something has shifted inside of me in the past year and I have become so full of love and gratitude that I want to share it and make it contagious. The more I give out the more it comes back to me and the more I smile.
Let me start with the things I love on an average day in the life of me….
I love my daily 7:20 AM call from Mom in Florida, just hearing her voice, the fact she wonders what I have planned and her saying to me “I love you” just before she hangs up. I love the kisses I get from my 100lb, 1 year old big pink eared dog just before he rings the bell hanging on the back door to go out for his morning poo. I love the painful hour of exercise I do everyday to get my day started and how it makes me feel, how it gives me time to think, clear my head, get focused and to breath. I love the view I see from my treehouse on the hill looking out my kitchen window each and every morning as I make my morning coffee or tea, it makes me smile every single day. I love that I have been fortunate enough to spend every day of my adult life thus far taking pictures, creating art and doing what makes my heart sing. I love the checking in of my friends through out the day weather on FB, by text or by phone and I am so grateful for all those who acknowledge me, I have the greatest friends in the world. I love Nashville and my home, the warmth it brings me and the fact that I survived the journey that brought me here. I love that I have healed from that journey, that I have found inner happiness and that I smile more because of it. As I end each day I love the comfort of my bed, the softness of my cotton sheets, the twinkle of the lights in the distance that I see from my bedroom window as I lay my head down to sleep. I love that I am healthy, alive and feel completely connected to something much bigger than I am (who I call God).
I believe love is the single most important thing we have yet we seldom see it because we get so caught up in the rush of everyday life. If you could imagine for a moment that it was felt by all and replaced feelings of hate, judgement, arrogance and racism (among many others)…how do you think our world would look as opposed to the way it looks right now? I could speak of love far longer than you might care to read so I will end by saying I love that I was given the gift of creativity, I believe I am good at it and that I am finding ways to use it to give back. Life reflects how we think, love is what we all need, and I believe is what we were put here to do. No matter how busy you are, how little money you have or how bad you may think your life is, today lets all begin to celebrate the month of “LOVE” and see what comes back. What are the things that YOU LOVE in the average day of YOU? Are you grateful? Do you show your love to others? This month give LOVE openly, and see where it takes you. Love is a gift to us all, it is meant to be shared…you have no excuse not to love because it is free!