Embracing & Celebrating Healthy LOVE for Valentine’s Day

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Embracing & Celebrating Healthy LOVE for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s DAY upon us…what a FABULOUS time for a HEART check… both inside and out! Emotionally, Physically, Relationally, Family…Lasting, healthy, and deepening relationships are designed to bring out the BEST in yourself and others…How are YOU doing with this!?

Consider looking for those moments when you feel most encouraged and equipped to LOVE others…Practice does and will become PERMANENT…so check in on your HEART and seek to find health, hope, and perhaps…HAPPY!

The following is a list we found to be helpful…Hoping you will as well! Maybe some of the relationship points below can factor into your conversations and interactions this coming weekend and beyond??!

1) Comfortable pace – The relationship moves at a speed that feels enjoyable for each person. What is the general pace of your interactions with others…?  Are they overly measured? Hurried or scurried? Finding just right?? Are moments of quiet reflection okay? Balance is the key…but achieving the sweet space of balance can be a challenge on numerous levels.

2) Trust – Confidence that your partner won’t do anything to hurt you or ruin the relationship.

Are your relationships built on trust? Do you act in confidence knowing and believing those around you won’t do anything to hurt you or ruin the relationship? Are YOU trustworthy? Able to be spoken to even if it is a difficult day or moment…and still exude kindness?

3) Honesty – You can be truthful and candid without fearing how the other person will respond. So…are you able to be who you are, truthful and candid, without fear of attack or security?

4) Independence – You have space to be yourself outside of the relationship.

Ponder…Do you truly function in unity even when you’re independently going about your day?

5) Respect – You value one another’s beliefs and opinions, and love one another for who you are as a person.

Do you respect and value others and their opinions? Do you accept others for who they are?

6) Equality – The relationship feels balanced and everyone puts the same effort into the success of the relationship.

How much effort do you put into being a successful relator to others, even when differences ABOUND?

7) Kindness – You are caring and empathetic to one another, and provide comfort and support. How does heartfelt kindness resonate with you? Are you caring and empathetic, willing to offer the comfort of friendship and support in a timely thoughtful manner?

8) Taking responsibility – Owning your own actions and words.

Are you willing and able to own your personality and how it transfers into actions and words? Are you mindful of how you impact others?

9) Fun – You enjoy spending time together and bring out the best in each other.

What does having FUN mean to you? When you’re with others, do enjoy building them up and looking for their personal BEST?? Are you a JOY Contributor??

10) Healthy conflict – Openly and respectfully discussing issues and confronting disagreements non-judgmentally.

When conflict does happen (and it does and WILL…) how do you openly and considerately discuss issues, disagree respectfully? Do you have a strong desire to be RIGHT? Are you open to LISTEN with control even when it is tough?

Ten signs with information has been brought to you by One Love Foundation, via Maryville University.

Wow…this is QUITE the list…the process of life can be rough and rugged to navigate for sure. However, staying on a path, seeking positivity, making mindful connections along with being intentional throughout your endeavors matters…So…whether you are at a point of feeling comfortable or sensing discomfort…GRAPPLE forward with meaning and purpose…from the HEART!

How are you going to IMPACT positively forward from your HEART?! As always…we welcome any add-ins to the conversation!

Looking through a lens finding a HEART
Offers potential and is a beautiful ART

What lens will you use to view
Your purpose in finding value

Lonely soul
Fill the hole

Search for the healing
Hope can be appealing

Be ready and ever willing to lift others up
Consider filling their proverbial heart cup

Exhibit tenderness and affection
Tenaciously developing adoration 

For another soul do not relent
Lovingly stay firm and diligent

Grueling at times life may feel
Do not let up and repay any evil

Despite cautious careful emotion
Proceed in strength with devotion

Sincerely overcome with good and right
Seeking connection belonging and bright

Press on holding hope and restoration
Captivating with love and inspiration

Ongoing goals lead to rejuvenate
Mindfully succeed and captivate 

Well we desire to LOVE and LIVE
Many hearts joy and hope to give!

© 2021 Kathleen Bauer, Ed D

Alongside her husband B 🙂