31 January 2017

love each other deeply

Love is in the air… and t’is the season to show it!

Those who give love receive love, and if there’s one thing our nation could use a little more of at this time it’s L-O-V-E. As we usher in the month of the Valentine, here are 6 simple ways to express love for one another.

Speak Up! Love is a choice as much as it is a feeling or a decision. Purposefully tell someone you hold dear how much they mean to you and that you’re grateful they’re in your life. Name one or more specific details you love about them.

Reach Out! Plan a day of giving back to those who don’t have the privilege of feeling love as often as you do. Whether you socialize with the animals at a local shelter, volunteer at the community center, or read books to a children’s group at the library you can share the joy of compassion. (Double points if you and your loved one give back together.)

Express Gratitude! With an act of random kindness, you can brighten someone’s entire day. Fill the receptionist’s coffee mug at work, shovel the neighbor’s driveway, or donate your old clothes to those in need. Actively being thankful fosters the grateful and giving spirit of love.

Make Time! Nothing shows appreciation more than giving the value of your time. Turn your phone off and lend a listening ear over a cup of coffee while you catch up with an old friend. As they say, there’s no time like the present and no present like the time.

Hands On! Remember that project your friend, family member, or co-worker started ages ago and never finished? Offer your services to get the job done. A little extra support can mean the world.

Be Forgiving! Only love can drive out anger. Take a deep breath, count to 10, and then make that call to mend the broken bridge. Consciously turning a negative into a positive can have incredible health benefits and uplifting significances.

Above all, remember that love knows no gender, no sexuality, no creed or religion, no political parties, and no limits. Love is the purest and most beautiful form of kinship between one another. Mark 12:31 reads, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” And this season, we intend to do just that.

Want to Help?

Debra Crye
Volunteer Coord.
Debra_Crye@usc.salvationarmy.org
(608) 250-2218