Today is Valentine’s Day.
And depending on your life circumstances or past experiences, you likely fall into 1 of 3 categories on this day. Either you love Valentine’s Day, you hate this day or you’re indifferent to it.
Now, I don’t know where you fall on that spectrum, but I want to encourage you especially if you aren’t a fan of this holiday to view it in a different light. Like many of you, for years I was not a fan of Valentine’s Day. But it all changed one day when I watched a specific episode of the show Parks and Recreation.
If you’re familiar with this show, it revolves around a main character, Leslie Knope, who is spontaneous and driven and oh so in love with her friends. In fact, she loves them so much that every February 13th she throws a Galentine’s Day party to celebrate just her best girlfriends. She showers them with compliments and encouragement, and in Leslie Knope fashion, very extravagant and thoughtful gifts.
Now, I remember watching this episode for the first time and thinking 1) I would LOVE to be Leslie Knope’s friend and 2) Valentine’s Day is about more than romantic relationships.
It’s a day to love on and celebrate and remind those closest to you just how much you care about them and appreciate them.
Sure, we should be doing this all year long, but this day serves as a reminder to stop in our day-to-day routines and take time to compliment and encourage one another.
This can be as easy as a quick text message, email or maybe even a phone call. But if you’re not sure where to start, I want to help you out! I created for you 2 fill-in templates that you can download and digitally fill-in or print off and physically give to someone.
I encourage you to think of just one person that you want to celebrate today.
Then, download this template, fill it out and remind someone how much they are loved. Because maybe it’s just the encouragement they needed to hear today.