The word I had on my calendar for today is pleasure. I sat here staring at the page with the word scrawled in the box in my disaster of a handwriting, thinking all of my writes are sounding too similar. Even if the main topic is singular, the words should not be allowed to create the same sounding write every day.
So this morning, it will be my pleasure; https://www.dictionary.com/browse/pleasure to switch it up a bit.
There are only a few days left of this month. The one when we think of love. Valentine’s Day sits right there in the middle, a day the shops love as we rush out to buy cards, candy, flowers and other gifts. We seek that special gift to show that special person our love. Maybe I’m out of the loop here, and yes, a small recognition of the day is nice, but for me anyway, I would rather be shown daily by ways rather than oft times easily spoken words or store bought gifts. With the exception of flowers I can plant, I don’t ever turn those away. < Honest moment there.
As I sit here, my thoughts are that the greatest gifts that we can give another, are:
Too many people it seems have difficulty with that one thing. While I’m not in the game at the moment, I see so many articles and posts on social media where someone is talking about having been lied to, cheated on, or used as just another pawn in the game. If you cannot be honest with someone, there is one of two things wrong here. One they are not the right person, or two you need to look inside yourself and see why you have issues with truth.
From an observational point, it seems that we have lost the ability to respect others. Growing up my brothers and I were taught, if it isn’t yours, don’t touch it without asking. If you speak to an elder, you do so with acknowledgement of their age and with respect for such. You treat others as you would wish to be treated. No matter who they are.
Every individual, no matter who they are, what their personality is like, needs a bit of compassion, a bit tenderness in their dark moments. Even if it is only sitting quietly and listening whether it is to their words, or their heart.
We can be an odd lot. Many try to fit into what society calls normal. Acting as expected, talking as expected, working as expected. But even in doing that,we have our moments when our true personality shines. A showing of the unique side of us, the creative, the compassionate, the intellectual, the hippy from back when. Understanding that sometimes, we are going to dance to the music in the stores or sing along to the radio even when singing isn’t our greatest talent. <Another honest moment.
To be able to understand where the other is coming from and accept them as they are. To want to be with them, to share things with them, to know that they want to share in those moments with you. To have fun doing things, even if there are those times when it isn’t something you would normally do, but do it anyway, just because.
I could keep going but I won’t, You get the idea. Words are often much too easy to say and too easy to take back. Store bought gifts can be very nice, but its the gift of self, that shows true love.
And then of course, saving the best for last, there is this:https://www.southernliving.com/culture/bible-verses-about-love-marriage