Even Busy Businesswomen Need to Take Time for Love!
Women who are juggling a productive work life and an effective home life often let the emotional nurturing side of themselves slip into the cracks. Like the Ritz cracker that slowly surfaces from between the sofa cushions. Originally it was intended for a snack. How did it ever get so lost down there? Good intentions are like that. They do not always translate into the actual behaviors we desire.
We may be managing our households but are we enriching them? Valentines Day can become just “one more thing I have to do.” Well, yes. However, remember the Farmer’s Law: You will reap what you sow. And only what you sow, I might add.
As that February Fourteenth date looms, how can we inject into our life some fun for our friends, some whimsy for our children, and some romance for our spouse?
Who are those friends who support and inspire you? Who are the women in your front row? Buy a pack of silly kid’s valentine cards at the Dollar Store and mail a couple off. Stretched for time? Send an email. But postal is preferred.
Do your children ever see you being silly? Remember “silly”? That was before you were so tired all the time. Before you started to resent having to “do it all.” On this February 14th take a deep breath and inject some whimsy into your day.
Plan an all-red meal.
Think spaghetti with lots of red sauce. Dye the morning scrambled eggs with red food coloring. Cut toast with a heart shaped cookie cutter and pile on the strawberry jam. Beets, if you can get your kids to eat them. My friend Tracy tells me that her Mom’s favorite treat on Valentine’s Day was Applesauce that had been cooked with “Red Hots” — those little cinnamon candies that pack such punch. Lots of them! Think red Jello. Oh yes! Now you’re getting the hang of it. Pull out the stops, Mom. Be foolish. Let yourself laugh… at yourself and with your children.
Feed ’em what they love.
And how about our husbands? Those forgotten stage hands of our life. How can you BE a Valentine to them? Does he have a favorite meal? Cook it. Who cares if it’s laden with cholesterol and salt. What is one meal if it spells LOVE to him? Sometimes we’re so busy managing our husbands and keeping them fit and healthy… we forget to keep them loved. Don’t let that happen.
The one love that never disappoints!
Let’s face it. Friends move away. Children grow up and out. Marriages can crumble or stagnate. Don’t give up hope.
This Valentine’s Day focus on the one who loved you before you ever loved Him back.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” – Matt. 22:37
You’ll be glad you did!
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