This could also be called “How to Love When You Don’t Have To”. You know what I’m talking about…those times when you have EVERY RIGHT to be mad. Those times where you are justified in feeling angry, indignant, annoyed, irritated or just p.o.’ed. In celebration of Valentine’s Day this month, look for one of those times and love anyway. Forgive, be patient, be silly even instead of right. Move on, take a deep breath and see if you can let it go without an “I told you so…”, an angry word or a look (as it would be in my case because I have my angry look DOWN I tell ‘ya).
“She who will not forgive another destroys the bridge over which she must herself pass.”
This is the quote that inspired me to think about loving when love is not due. I hope this quote inspires you as well and that you can choose forgiveness over righteous indignation, be it as mother, wife, daughter, neighbor or friend…if given the chance today or sometime in the month of February. Loving when we do not have to love…now that is a truly great Valentine’s Day gift if I ever there was one.
Suzanne, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003, Suzanne owns a holistic health center in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne offers life coaching as Zen Mommy Coach and parenting tips through the positive parenting e-Book Yogi Parenting.