Happy Valentines Day To The World!

 

I was going through the site and found this post I wrote on February 13, 2014. I liked the idea then and I still like it now. In fact, I would say that now more than ever we need to take the time to stop and understand others around us. Doesn’t matter if they are next door or a thousand miles away.

 

I’d still offer the same advice as I did years ago. Go out and meet someone new, experience a new culture, understand your differences, listen to their stories. Get involved, read and learn about everything you’re concerned about. Make a call, show up at a meeting, run for office!  Have your own opinions based on facts you’ve learned and researched or experienced. It might be scary, but I guarantee you that you will grow and make a new friend or two along the way. Here’s wishing you all the love in the world. 

 

Happy Valentines Day! People typically take time on Valentines Day to wish their loved ones a happy day and celebrate the love they share with each other. This usually takes many forms that include buying gifts like candy, jewelry, lingerie and many other romantic goodies. But I want to take this Valentines Day to say “I love you” to the world.

Flowers
From me to you.

 

If I hadn’t had the opportunity to travel to so many countries I wouldn’t have the appreciation that I have for my friends and family right here at home.

 

I also wouldn’t have the appreciation of the diverse cultures and people from around the world. I live in the United States, which is a melting pot of so many wonderful different people yet we so rarely take the time to learn about these differences.

 

 

I’m so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet many amazing people. People in places like Johannesburg, Dubai, Vienna, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Munich, Sao Paulo, Brussels, Istanbul, Jordan, Beijing, London, Taipei, Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Delhi and many more, who have changed my world forever. Some I still talk to and see on social media regularly. Some I may never see again. Either way, they have all helped to open my mind and make me see not only our differences but our commonalities as well.

 

 

Without these experiences, I would not know how lucky I am to be a woman in America, able to start my own business, love whomever I choose, have a safe home, eat when I’m hungry and drink fresh clean water when I’m thristy. I am thankful every day for these luxuries that we sometimes take for granted.

 

 

Just One Thing

My suggestion is on this Valentines Day, why not get to know one new person. Maybe a co-worker, fellow student, shopkeeper, anyone who is different than you in any way, and share a meal or cup of coffee or tea together. Have a real conversation and listen. Listen to their joys and concerns. Listen to how many of those things are the same as yours. Then share that story with a family member or friend.

 

Ludwigsburg Christmas Market Lebkuchen

 

I believe that this type of micro-interactions is exactly what can make the world small and bring it closer together.  Happy Valentines Day to you and yours. I hope you make the most of it and share at least some of it with a new friend. 

THE QUICK BITE: Celebrate the spirit of love on Valentines Day by making a friend, celebrating your differences and recognizing what you have in common. Share a meal or a drink and bring the world closer together.

 

36 thoughts on “Happy Valentines Day To The World!

  1. This is great. Valentine’s Day for me has never really been about my romantic love but more about my friends. We will get together for Valentines Day to celebrate our friendships even though we are married! I hope you had a great day!

  2. Happy valentines! As a fellow traveler, I can share your excitement and sentiments! I’m actually a HUGE introvert but travel gave me some opportunities to improve myself while getting to know a lot more people along the way.

    1. That’s great to hear Aileen. I hope that one day our paths cross and we can meet in person. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. My grandparents traveled the world as missionaries for the better part of forty years. The cultural perspective they bring to our family can’t be measured. Not only through their stories, but through the son they adopted from Ethiopia and the friends who come to visit from all over the world. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that people are people and we’re not that different after all. x

  4. Getting to know someone new can be difficult for a person like me. However, I do prefer to visit with an individual rather than a crowd. I will have to give some thought to whom I will choose.

  5. I love your message. Making a concerted effort to get to know someone better is something we could all benefit from. How often do we have people in our lives that we interact with every single day but know very little about? I am going to give this some thought and reach out, just as you have suggested.

  6. Love these suggestions! I will make every effort to do some of these, and in the process, hopefully brighten someone else’s day, as well as my own. Thanks for reminding us that it doesn’t take much effort to just be kind!

    1. Thanks Robin! I’m so glad you found it to be helpful. 🙂

  7. We just arrived home yesterday from a 3 week trip to Ecuador and Colombia. Getting away from our everyday life reminded me of the importance of connection and kindness—as you said, even in micro interactions. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Diana—and the world.

    1. Your trip looked amazing Suzanne. To be able to go back and revisit a place some many years later with your Mr. Excitement is really something special. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

  8. Love these suggestions.. I love traveling and meeting people. My Valentine’s Day was great.

  9. What a great idea. We often have neighbors that we see on a daily basis that we never communicate with. Hello is one thing but at least knowing a name or something about them is a great thing.

  10. Love your introductory paragraph as well as this uplifting post and so agree that we all need to spread a little love and keep making new friends. Maybe one of these days our paths will cross too!

  11. Happy Valentine’s Day! I love, love love to travel and one of the best parts is meeting new people from different walks of life.

  12. A happy Valentine’s Day right back at you! Love the positive vibes coming from your post – everyone deserves this much positivity on such a romantic day!

  13. I agree with you that meeting others and traveling around the world can help you count your blessings and learn more about other people. I love your outlook on life in this post.

  14. Traveling and meeting new people is a good learning platform. Although it doesn’t come cheap, the experience it provides sticks with us for a lifetime. I am fortunate to be able to visit some new places and have met some amazing people along the way. Happy Valentine’s day to you too!

  15. The world could use some love. Happy Valentines Day to everyone, everywhere. Spread the love all year long.

  16. I am very shy but I do meet people when I travel. I just returned from a cruise along the coast of Norway and I met some really nice people. It makes me sad to think that I may never see them again. Thankfully we can keep in touch through social media and who knows what the future holds. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and thank you for the uplifting post.

  17. I love this little love not to the world. It has so much to offer us if we just get out there and experience it. We also need to remember to be grateful for it all as well!

  18. I take a lot of things for granted that I probably shouldn’t, but it is convenient. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

  19. My family loves to travel and meet new people along the way. Locals are so much fun and there is so much to be learned from them about their areas.

  20. I love to travel and meet all types of people. I live on the gulf in South Texas we have winter texans every year and I learn so much from them, They are from all over.

  21. My husband and I are actually on a travel adventure this week. We love meeting new people and eating where all the locals eat. I don’t travel as much as you do, but I love visiting different parts of our beautiful world. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  22. I absolutely love this idea — how perfect for Valentine’s Day. Couldn’t agree more with all you said. I feel very lucky to have been able to travel and experience new things, meet many people and learn to appreciate all the wonderful things about being home in the USA, too.

  23. Thx for the Valentine wishes and suggestions, Sue. I agree with you that we are so very fortunate as travellers to go out and find the good in the world that makes us better people. The person I am today who welcomes and admires differences, is the result of a lifetime of travel. Happy Valentine’s Week to you!

  24. Lovely. Lovely. Lovely. Just like you, Sue. The post is so positive and as much as I am an introvert (yes, really), I am so glad I push myself to meet new people through courses, FB, through friends, or through travelling…..like when you and Diana met up with me in Paris. Happy Valentines Day to you, Diana, Jake and Amelie (give them extra treats!).

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