I happened to catch a TV ad from a jewelry store promoting their diamonds for Valentine’s Day. (Surely, that's the first item on everyone's Valentine gift list.) Suddenly several thoughts popped into my head. These thoughts inspired me to invite you to journey back to childhood for a few moments and join me in a game we often played called, Let’s Pretend. No, we are not going to pretend we could go out and purchase the Hope Diamond or anything like that. This game is more of a hope for the world. You see, my very first thought was Robert Fulghum’s quote about crayons: “Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.”
My version would be to have a Valentine missile. It would go off on February 14 sending millions and millions of those tiny parachutes into the skies which would float down to earth with little loving kindness hearts. There would be a saying on each heart like, Be Kind, I Love You, Peace, Let’s Be friends, You Matter, Smile and so on. They would make everyone’s heart open and feel happy and want to get along.
Obviously, we do not have any devices that would explode into heart or crayon carrying parachutes. Yet, there is something we can do in the real world. What if we were to get some heart-shaped post-its, or business sized cards and the like. Next we could write a brief message of positivity on the cards or post-its and randomly leave them at all the stops we make throughout our day. That could include putting one at each family member’s place at the table, one at a colleague’s desk at work, one on the table at a restaurant after a meal. Give one to the postal person, a sales clerk, a service provider, a teacher, a classmate, etc. This is where you get to be creative and imaginative.
Valentine’s Day can be difficult for many people for reasons we can understand. Maybe, just maybe by depersonalizing the day doing little acts of kindness can bring happiness to both your recipients and yourself.
Remember: "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” Lucy van Pelt
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