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Are Your Love Priorities in Order?
by Janelle Grabill, Parenting Way

It's February, and love is in the air, or is it? Sometimes our lives become so busy and cluttered with deadlines, appointments, schedules, that we are so exhausted; we have little time to ourselves, let alone our families. So what do we do about it? Try to exercise more, eat less, sleep better, read more self-help books, or see a therapist? Help! How can we slow down and get our priorities in order. And what about the love, what is love, and how do we go about giving and attaining it? We need to take the time and effort to show others we love them. Life is all about relationships, not things, not how successful we are or how much money we make. And in order to have the energy it takes to love others, we first need to learn to love ourselves and feel good about who we are. Here are some things, people, activities, that we might say we love and some suggestions for putting our love into practice.

  1. I love my spouse (or partner). Then set aside time for them. Have date nights. Do something special for them. Call just to say “I love you.”Give them a back rub. Do a chore they hate doing. Give them a gift for no special occasion. Most of all listen to them and show an interest in the things that interest them.
  2. I love my kids. Then get down on the floor and play with them. Go to their school events, sporting activities. Get involved. Invest in them, your time, your effort, your enthusiasm. Have fun with them, have special dates with one child at a time doing what they love to do. Go the extra mile. Show interest in them and their lives. Meet their friends. Have their friends over. Enjoy just being together, now and as they get older. Help them know that you are there for them no matter what, and that they can talk to you about anything.
  3. I love my parents. Call them just to say hi, not because you need something. Visit them often. Include them in your family plans. Let them spend time with the grandkids and really get to know them. Help them as they get older and need assistance. Go to doctor appointments with them if they ask. Lend a listening ear when they are lonesome. Include them in family vacations and other outings. Be available.
  4. I love my job. Do your very best at what you do, no matter what it is. Put your heart and soul into every task. Put forth your best effort. Work as a team whenever possible. Respect your supervisors. Give your opinion and ideas. Ask for a raise if you think you deserve it. Take time off when you are ill. Take vacation time. Don't get so caught up in your work that you let other important things slip. Keep a schedule and stick to it. Recognize others for the good work they are doing. Accept criticism and praise. Know when to let it go until tomorrow. Give yourself some slack, no one is perfect. We all have our bad days, it's Ok.
  5. I love to be outdoors and explore nature. Then do it. Take time off. Let chores wait. Visit beautiful places and enjoy the scenery. Go on that long awaited vacation. Take a break. Go for a walk. Plant a garden or flowers. Go see the ocean. Swim with the dolphins. Go hiking, camping, canoeing, whatever gives you pleasure and relaxation.
  6. I love spending time alone. Take care of yourself. Be good to yourself. Pamper yourself on occasion. Read a good book or magazine. Bake. Take a bubble bath. Get a pedicure. Whatever it is you enjoy, just do it.
  7. Whatever it is you love, enjoy it. Be passionate. Take the time and effort you need to do what you love to do. Stop making excuses. Get your priorities in order! Go for it. Create a bucket list if you need to. Everyone needs love, to give love, to be loved, to enjoy life. LOVE is what life is all about. It is God's greatest commandment to us, so love must be important. Strive to understand it, to live it, to love it! Learn all you can about it. In other words, just LOVE!

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