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Welcome to yet another month of celebrating love, life and all things red!
At this point of the year, most of us have settled into routines; some still include the new year resolutions we made last month and the rest of us have fallen off the wagon already.
Regardless of what category you fall into, it is important that we mindfully remind ourselves that we are indeed progressing, even if it's baby steps.
We may not be where we want to be yet but we are blessed to be far from where we once were. And as long as we keep having good plans for ourselves, we'll eventually meet the marks we set.
So, instead of feeling guilty or angry at ourselves a lot of the time, it's best that we get out of our heads, forget ourselves for a while and think about other people around the world going through tougher battles than abandoned New Year resolutions.
In this beautiful month of love, let's make a decision to show more love to others less fortunate than we are.
Our book of the month and gift to you this season is by Amy Julia Becker, and is titled A Good and Perfect Gift.
In it, Amy gives you every reason to believe that you are a perfect and outstanding gift just the way you are.
She tells a story of what a young couple (her family) goes through while welcoming their first child, Penny, who comes as a precious gift, a little different from what they had anticipated.
Penny was born with down syndrome - a condition in which extra genetic material causes delay in the way a child develops, both physically and mentally.
For an expectation not met, just like Julia's towards Penny, it takes strength, faith and daily gratitude to turn a less-than-perfect scenario into something incredible and heart-warming.
And so from this year, this month, and this day: let this become our new attitude – to turn undesirable circumstances into beautiful memories.
Have a situation you want to change but can't? How about you change the way you look at it?
Grab a copy of A Good and Perfect Gift by Amy Julia Becker and open your eyes to the beauty that surrounds you.
Happy Valentines Day!
Submitted by: Kelechi
"One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry."
"The Eskimos have 52 words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love."