My Personal Confession:
I spent plenty of years with total apathy towards Valentines Day. As I look back on it, I realize now that this was because I really treated the holiday all about ME and scarcity.
I wasn’t the girl with a secret admirer, I rarely had a boyfriend in the picture, and I’m honestly not that much into mushy and cutesy anything. All I could see was how much I didn’t fit into this holiday.
After getting married you’d think that I’d change my tune and find delight in a loving husband who brings me home a dozen red roses… but then all I could think inside was
“What a waste! These are going to die in a week and it cost how much?!” Yes, I was a sorry ungrateful girl.
I have now thankfully learned to treasure simple luxuries (like flowers or food–things that don’t last but can still bring wonderful momentary joy). But best of all, I’m learning that this really awesome holiday isn’t about ME. Or scarcity.
Valentines Day is about others, and abundance.
Davina’s FREE ebook How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Days, was the triggering revelation that helped me to finally see this holiday for what it really can be. A celebration of the love that we have for other people. And that doesn’t always have to look like a significant other. It can also be found in focusing on our relationships with our children, our siblings, our parents, or our dearest friends.
By focusing on the abundance in our life, we begin to see just how rich we really are.
Already, this year is my favorite Valentines year of all.
It’s the first year that I have a child in school and I really wanted to create something for Buzzy that made the holiday something exciting from the giving perspective. We designed his own Valentines. I didn’t think far enough ahead to do a new photo shoot, but we found some fun photos from the past year that are still delightful and fun.
There’s still time to create your own.
What do you do to make Valentines abundant?
Brooke Snow is the Professional Photographer for her own family and an Abundant Life Practitioner. She loves tree swings, the month of May, and early morning walks. She lives with her calm husband and adventurous son in Northern Utah. Join her FREE Photo Perspective Photography course for great instruction on easy ways to immediately improve your photos.