50 Shades of Love

Today, February 14, is Valentine’s Day in many parts of the world. It was, and in some places still is, a day that honored St. Valentine. Valentine’s day is also known as a day for love and lovers. The day was first associated with love in Europe during the Middle Ages. For the record, I’m definitely on-board with a day for love. Love, after-all, is the embodiment of GYA.  Maybe we should have a few more of them!

I had the idea for this post back in September shortly after I posted 50 Shades of Gratitude. That was a post which presented 50 (49 actually) wonderful quotes on gratitude. There are many more than that on love, so I decided to do something similar.

Many languages have a number of different words to express ‘love,’ and its various types as well as nuances. In English however, we have only one. And boy, can that get a little confusing and cumbersome at times! Still, I’d like to share with you, for Valentine’s Day, some of my favorite quotes about love. And because this post is in English, be forewarned, these quotes encompass many shades of love. Here are 50. Enjoy! Happy Valentine’s Day and love to all.

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50 Shades of Love
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Paul Mark Sutherland

Feeling Special

Here is a wonderful post on a favored blog that I need to share. It’s  “50 Simple Ways to Make Others Feel Special” from Think Simple Now.

Number 14 is the one I need to start with …boy is my wife going to be surprised!

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50 Simple Ways to Make Others Feel Special

By Daniel Wong

Photo by JUCO

 “It is the quality of our relationships that most determines our legacy.”
– James M. Kouzes

A few years ago, I received a long personal email from a close friend. It was an especially hectic time for me, so I only got around to replying three weeks later.

I began my email: “I’m sorry for the delayed response. I didn’t have time—“ In a moment of painful clarity, I caught myself in the middle of a lie and stopped typing. Didn’t have time? That simply wasn’t true!

We always make time for the things that are important to us: eating, showering, Facebook, watching our favorite TV shows. If we don’t make time for something, it’s probably because that “something” isn’t actually as important to us as we profess.

If someone were to ask us what we value most, I’m sure that our relationships with our friends and family would come in close to the top of the list. But for most of us—myself included—the way we allocate our time doesn’t always reflect this.

At some level, we all know that the way we spend our time reveals our priorities, much more than merely what we say or think.

Maybe it’s true that we don’t always have the luxury of writing frequent, long personal emails, but we can all make a more conscious effort to show people that they matter and that they’re special.

I’ve come up with a list of 50 simple ways to make someone feel special. (To avoid writing “he or she” repeatedly, I’ll assume that the person is female.) Here they are:

  1. Make a note of the important events in her life and ask her how the events went.
  2. Give her a specific and genuine compliment.
  3. Praise her in front of other people.
  4. In a group setting, ask her to tell… Continue reading