SOAPBOX® mini-motivation: how do you LOVE?

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”     ~  Bible, Book of John

 What is Valentine’s Day??   Well, I see it as a singular spotlight shone on one day that tries to capture our collective attention to remind us what that 4-letter word really means.   So, surprise!  It’s not about gifts or apologies.  Nor expensive dinners or extravagant gestures.  It’s not just for married folks or couples.  Valentine’s Day is about L-O-V-E.   The profoundly tender affection or attachment that your heart and spirit feel towards another human being.  Plain and simple.  That said, it’s a day for everyone and about everyone!

Reminisce to your youth when you made cards for all your classmates -all colorful, overloaded with misshapen hearts and gaudy glitter still wet with Elmer’s glue.   You gave one to all your friends and school mates.  You gave one to your teacher.  Your neighbor.  Mom and Dad.  Heck, even your pet. (huh?)  Yup, everyone got a token of your heart telling them that you thought of them.  Back then you didn’t feel Hallmarked or bamboozled into making the damn cards.  You didn’t dread the self-imposed obligations of celebration.  And above all, you didn’t find yourself telling others (and yourself) that you just hate this day!

So, what if you decided to clean your grungy, negative or hopeless heart-shaped slate, and you took the day for what it is in its fleeting 24-hours.  Valentine’s Day is a timely nudge towards L-O-V-E.  So… who do you love?  When you think of all the folks who are dearly important in your life in some way or another (small or big), that’s a clear sign that you LOVE them.  When you enjoy their company, stand in their honor, offer to help without hesitation, feel peace and joy in your own heart in their presence… you indeed LOVE them.  And when you discover that one special person or select few chums for whom you would give your all and your life, well then, you have found the greatest LOVE, my friend.  And dare I say, you have also found God.    ~ KD

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SOAPBOX of the week: expiration celebration

“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”     ~ The Bible, Isaiah 22:13

     Check the bottom of your foot.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  See anything?  A phrase in permanent ink?  Something like, “Born on…” or  “Good until…” or  “Best when used by…”  No?  No tattooed set of numbers.  Nothing, huh?  Gee, big surprise there, folks.  I think it’s safe to assume that none of us were born with an expiration date, boldly declaring our earthly duration.  And even safer to say that all of us know that our tools, toys, and trash (that stuff that really doesn’t matter!) have longer shelf lives than us.  And even if you play your proverbial cards right, boldly stated, you never know when you’re gonna go!  So, how come you carry on like Father Time is your BFF, and your Bucket List is a hodgepodge of pipedreams you’ll pursue someday just to placate your inner child? 

     People, read the title:  it’s a damn Bucket List!  And if I were you, I’d grab a big red marker and add the following: STOP sweating the small stuff, LAUNCH that business idea, VISIT distant friends and family, CASH IN those vacation days, USE the good China, LOVE that person with ALL of your heart, OPEN that bottle of wine, FORGIVE everyone, STAND UP for yourself!  The future isn’t going to fire a warning shot when “things” are getting close, so  get tangled up in TODAY, forego the judicious forecasts, and reel in real joy, peace, freedom and love.  After all, your life is BEST WHEN USED…right now! 

(FYI: This is the 2nd-to-last “SOAPBOX of the week” as you know it!  The SOAPBOX® mini-motivations videos launch in 2011!)

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