The Surprising Effect My Valentine’s Texts Had on My Family (and Me)

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This year, I decided to do something different for Valentine’s Day. Instead of the usual box of chocolates or small gifts for my daughters (ages 11 and 13) and husband, I sent them each a daily text for the two weeks leading up to February 14. These texts simply shared something I love about them.

So on February 1, I started.

I shared qualities I love and little things that I may have never mentioned. I found quiet moments while waiting in line, parked for school pick-up, or before bed to send these messages. Nothing fancy, just a heartfelt sentence or two.

I immediately noticed that my mood brightened, and my heart filled with gratitude each time I paused and spent a few moments sending love.

Not only that, these texts had another surprising effect. My daughters and husband LOVED receiving them, and their moods brightened as well.

This gesture has been a clear reminder that sometimes the little things mean the most. When I take time to spread love, it expands my heart and touches the hearts of others.  Simply put, what I focus on, expands. And I can think of nothing better to focus on than sharing more love. Happy Valentines Day!

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
— Rumi

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