Thursday, February 14, 2008

put a little love in your heart


"In A Heartbeat" heart quilt by Rita Pasquinucci, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

A day for love and for gratitude. A good day to recognize that there's always room for more love in the world -- so go out and smile at a stranger, reach for that can of soup the elderly person in the grocery store can't reach, hug a friend, do something nice for yourself!

I'm grateful for all the love in my life: old friends and new; family; even the people I don't know who, as we wait in line at the coffee shop, make a warm comment that brightens my day.

I'm grateful for the spring-song of birds, the lengthening days, the light snowfall and soft winter quiet it brings to the woods. Quiet conversations with old friends, laughter with new. The touch of a hand and an understanding look.

For the many talents I've been given and the opportunities to use them.

For being able to bring more compassion into the life of someone who needs it, and to thereby bring more compassion to myself.

Whether you're alone this Valentine's or celebrating with those you love most, enjoy the day, and spread a little extra love around, today and every day! As the Jackie DeShannon song says,

Think of your fellow man,
lend him a helping hand;
put a little love in your heart.

Another day goes by,
and still the children cry;
put a little love in your heart.

If you want the world to know
we won't let hatred grow,
put a little love in your heart.

And the world will be a better place.

And the world will be a better place.


  1. what a beautiful quilt and a beautiful sentiment. The hearts looks extremely difficult thought with those curves.

  2. Bonnie, I forgot to post credit for the quilt (now corrected!) -- it was made by Rita Pasquinucci -- and you're right, it's beautiful; my photo doesn't begin to do it justice!