Monday, February 13, 2012

Put Your Heart In It

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, celebrated with hearts, flowers, candy, jewelry and perfume. I've always loved this holiday, even in elementary school with those goofy little valentines and candy hearts. A day focused on chocolate and roses is always at the top of my list! I'm not picky...any chocolate will do, a little bag of Hershey's kisses or a fancy two pound box of Godiva.

I'm lucky to have the same loving sweetheart for the past forty-two years. He's had plenty of time to figure out what I like, and he always remembers. Not just on holidays or anniversaries, but every day. A good relationship is created by making an effort, communicating, loving, sharing, and doing those extra little things for each other.

What things? We both do them. A sweet smile, a shoulder to lean on, or a hug while I'm standing at the sink. Filling a coffee cup, starting a load of laundry, ironing shirts, going out for breakfast, helping our parents, taking a walk together. A surprise little gift, a favorite movie, a call for no reason but to say I love you. I could go on and on. It's really about being nice, considerate, and helpful. He's a keeper, and I think he feels the same way about me.

Sure, there have been a few little bumps in the road. Everyone has those, especially when you've been together as long as we have. They require forgiveness, tolerance and understanding. The point is, you have to put your heart into anything worth having, whether it's marriage, family relationships, friends, your job or your life.

So, today, tomorrow and every day, put your heart in it and give someone love, friendship and a smile. You'll be happier for it, I promise.

“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it,  take yourself out of it.”  – Unknown