Today, Valentines Day, is a day for celebrating love. We buy cards with red and pink hearts and poetic verses expressing our love, we share classic red (the color of love) roses with our loved ones, we have intimate candle lit dinners demonstrating our love, and we thank the powers that be for the opportunity to love whomever we wish.
Oh, wait a minute …. you say you are caught in the office and not able to participate in the Day of Love? You cannot see yourself clear to taking a few hours off in the name of love? And I say, if that is the case, you are overlooking the most important love of all. The love of yourself.
Your job is not limited to the office. It also is your “job” to love yourself, and that begins with a recognition that you must take care of yourself to be helpful and effective and loving to the others in your life. It all starts with YOU.
Take time out for pleasure. Take time out for people. Take time out for just plain doing nothing and staring at a beautiful sunset. It will help you gain perspective and make the hours spent toiling at your desk seem much less of a burden. It will give you things to look forward to. That is essential for healthy living and the balance that we all need.
So, love yourself. Today is the perfect day to start. Happy Valentines Day!