My post last year on V-day was one of my more successful ones- it seems my more honest and close to the heart pieces tend to be more enjoyed by readers then posts about items we will likely never be able to afford!
And I'm going to celebrate a year to this day of more honest writing and cement the looming v-day, or as I like to call it- 'Give a hug day'. My boyfriend is just returning home from working abroad and I can't wait to squeeze the life out of him with a huge hug. And the one I will get in return will be what I've waited for weeks- a feeling of being safe! He spends at least half the year on the other side of the world- so when we have our time together, it's letting each other know that we care and love one another that matters.
In a world full of grief, negativity, angst and hate- I really hope we all have at least one person we can turn to when needed. I hate the idea of someone not having someone in their time of need. So take a moment and think of everyone you have interacted with the last while- did they seem a bit off? Maybe they weren't being rude! Maybe there was something troubling them. A little 'are you ok?' can go along way. A cup of tea. A bar of chocolate. A hug!
As I get older (I swear i'm not as old as I nag!), I've come across more mental health problems in people close to me. Maybe it's not actually an increase, but more that I'm mindful and aware of people with problems mentally. My dad recently lost his uncle to suicide and I can't bare to imagine the emptiness he must have felt. It saddens me that some people still have no one to talk to. That they have no hope.
So, this week I'm encouraging myself to hug and be hugged by anyone I interact with (where humanely and appropriately possible!), ask a few more people are they ok?! and work wise- I want to develop a Worry Box for my students where they can leave the worries in a box incase they don't feel comfortable telling them.
I'd love to know more ideas about being mindful of others? Please share...
Happy Thursday and in advance- Give a Hug Day! Mine is going to be spent getting my nails done with Ev- tres romantic right lol!