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One Day a Year for Love?

By Ken and Lee Estridge

One Day a Year for Love?

Did you know that approximately one billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, and that women purchase 85% of all Valentine's Day cards? What does this say about the men in the world? Do they take love for granted or do they just not think about it?

While Valentine's Day has a long and rich history dating back to 270 AD, it's particularly needed in our fast-paced era in which we all seem to be too busy to tune into matters of the heart. If we extend the concept of love to the people we work with, we might think of it as showing appreciation for their efforts and genuine concern for their well-being. Love is not just about romance!

Living Beyond the Holiday

Why do we need a public holiday once a year to remember the ones we love, and how can we bring the sentiment of Valentine's Day into our personal and professional lives?

Here are a few questions to help you think beyond February 14th:

  1. How often do you communicate your appreciation and love to the people you care about in your personal life?
  2. How often do you show appreciation and caring at work?
  3. If you were on your death bed, would you have any regrets that you didn't let the people who matter most to you know how much they mean to you?
  4. Do you treat everyone you encounter with kindness  respect?
  5. Do you catch people doing things right or do you tend to focus on what they did wrong and/or needs to be improved?
  6. Do you affirm and approve of yourself?

Remember, Valentine's Day provides you with an opportunity to think about love and about all the people who make your life sweet. We extend our heartfelt wishes to you on this day of the heart.

Lee & Ken

P.S. For a great story on the history of Valentine's Day, click here.