1. Make a Forgiveness List - Make a list of people who have hurt you, or wronged you in anyway. Then tear it up, or burn it, properly. Grab some friends and make it annual ritual, spring cleaning of sorts. As my favorite Bishop often says “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” T.D. Jakes
2. Practice Kindness & Patience - This time of year is supposed to be devoted to the ones you love. Unfortunately most people are scrambling for last minute gifts, candy and cards for their loved ones. Keep in mind that the people you encounter while out this week might be rude, mean, impatient or downright nasty, but you dont have to respond to it. While you’re at it – BE PATIENT. Tomorrow is not promised, enjoy the time you have no matter if your running late, your date is late, or the woman in front of you at the grocery story is writing a check.
3. Carry Bags of Compassion - And make sure to use it. The homeless man or woman you see could always use some acknowledgment. Don’t be rude or cruel. Remember, there are people in this world who wish they could complain about the things we take for granted everyday. Be mindful of them.
4. Be Gentle - With yourself and others. This time of year most people overextend themselves, and their wallets to compensate for their lack of LOVE throughout the year. Its very difficult for people to continually celebrate themselves let alone others unless aided by the help of a holiday. That said, stop running and rushing, pushing and shoving. Take a moment to give to yourself. Yoga, meditation, reading, and journaling are all effective ways to unwind, relax and restore your mind, body and soul. Thereby giving you greater clarity and more energy to face the day you’ve been waiting for – Valentine’s Day!
5. Put on LOVE - Literally.