Are you ready for
tomorrow? Today! February 14 comes but once a year.
What I love about Valentine’s Day is that love does not lend itself to easy purchases. I’m sorry to burst the bubble of all you retailers out there, but speaking as a woman for the moment, gifts of chocolate, flowers, lingerie and jewelry are perceived as the easy way out. They’re nice extras, but they don’t really count. I’d venture to say that guys feel the same about their favorite brew, leis (well, leis in Hawai‘i) ties and tools.
I have been known to say that the best gifts don’t come wrapped in boxes. I do believe that.
The best gifts are the simple ones that take much more thought and intention. They take much more love.
And the good news? With the best gifts, there is no cost involved. Not only that, you get back just as much as you give, sort of like when you hear a story of a community acting like a community…
So for tomorrow, dish up your aloha, and prepare something like this for the ones you love:
The 100% honest to goodness real you. Who you are is good enough. Know the aloha spirit that lives within you only comes from good: You were born with it.
There is no other word for it. You have it to give, and it can never run out in its abundance. It is palena ‘ole, without limits, so give it away freely.
Be positive, be brave, and be confident that the future will only get better. After all, you can create your own future, we all can.
Be humble, be modest, be open-minded. Humility helps us understand that no on individual can satisfy every need on their own; we need each other.
Accept those you care most for with completely unconditional love. All their quirks, all their faults, all their baggage. Love them for who they are in this very moment.
Call this your Aloha attitude of love. Hold it in your heart, and you’ll be able to come up with the right gift you wish to give. We never Aloha alone.
February 14 comes but once a year.
The very best gifts never come wrapped in boxes.
Gifts, by Don Blohowiak
The Best Gifts Are The Simple Ones, by Christopher Bailey
Never Aloha Alone, by Stacy Brice
A Story of a Community” Acting Like Community, by Tim Milburn