“Waiting for someone to say Hello in there, Hello.”

(John Prine).

Valentine’s Day is when lovers traditionally say how they feel. However, the holiday can be an ordeal when people lose their love or feel unloved.

If you’re in that situation, I can only hope that it gets better soon.  If you know someone in that situation, reaching out to them can make all the difference.  It can be as simple as the random acts of kindness we should be doing anyway.  Opening doors, looking for ways to help when the need presents itself…it works for friends and strangers alike.

Of course, the best way to go is to carry a piece of Valentine’s love to share all year.  Find the right size for the people you see and apply repeatedly.  When someone’s eyes look distracted, preoccupied, or just a little glazed, they probably need what you’ve got to give.  When their voice seems dulled by the day, it’s another chance to give.  When the grocery clerk’s ringing up your order or you’re talking to a receptionist, just show a little interest in how they’re doing. It doesn’t cost a penny but goes a long way.  There are plenty of other examples, so let your caring spirit be your guide.

John Prine had that in mind when he wrote Hello In There.  We just try to make it through the day, and our tunnel vision gets in the way. Saying Hello In There opens the tunnel so that we really see the people who cross our path.  The nice thing is that when we do that, they’re more likely to see us and respond with the kindness that we offer.  Even if they don’t, we establish the pattern of caring for one another.  We bring it closer to being the rule at a time when it sometimes seems like the exception.  So be exceptional, and be loved.  Blessings For The Family – Ward

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