Loving Less…….stuff

What is it that you just “LOVE?”

Of course, we love our spouses, children, families, and friends but what about that Netflix series, or that new sweater, Hobby Lobby, Starbucks, or your new phone? Do we love that too? The world wants us to love it all, be consumed with it all, and yes, spend money on it all.

With Valentine’s Day coming up fast, there is pressure to prove your love with stuff that can be loved.

I’m sure there are people scurrying here and there with anxiety increasing each day closer to February 14th to find that perfect card, box of chocolates, bouquet of flowers, dinner reservations or piece of jewelry that will express love. The idea is the more stuff, the bigger the price tag, the more love.

But really, does an expensive dinner at a gourmet restaurant mean more love than frozen pizza in your pajamas? Does a bouquet of roses professionally arranged and delivered mean more love than wildflowers from a field or a carnation from a gas station (gasp!)? I say let’s give the gift givers and gift receivers a break from all that nonsense. You don’t have to give the very best or most expensive gift, or for goodness sake, go into debt to express love.

What if we started loving less stuff and loving more connection, time, and experiences? What if we made the small stuff mean more? What if we made a hug worth more than a box of chocolates, a phone call worth more than a bouquet of flowers, or dancing in the kitchen worth more than a piece of jewelry?

What if we measured love in moments rather than dollars? What if love was accepting gestures and not expecting things? What if we accepted gestures of love instead of expecting purchases of love?

May you receive love on every day.

Until next time…..be well.

Lori

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