By Janna Adams
We hear a lot about love in the month of February. Loving your significant other, loving your girlfriends, loving yourself—the concept of love is one that seems to capture our attention year-round as something that we all desire in one form or another. But there’s a part of love that we don’t always think about, and that is the correlation of love and value.
What do you value, and why?
Before we claim to love something, more than likely we realize that we value it. We value the way our boyfriend encourages us, or the way that beautiful cup of coffee make us feel in the morning. It’s what makes us exclaim “Babe, you’re just the best.” and “For goodness sake, I could not go on without coffee.” And often times we could easily replace the words I love you with I value you.
But for some reason, the word love has started to carry less weight than the concept of value. This could be because we hear the word “love” so often that it’s lost its punch. The word value, however, catches us off-guard. When is the last time you heard someone sincerely say to your face, “I value you”?
So in this love-filled season, try taking a moment to replace a blanket statement of love with the personal statement of value. Whether it’s to your spouse, significant other, parents, friends, co-workers, or even your waitress, be specific about the things the people in your life do that you appreciate.
“I love the way you always make me breakfast when you know I’ve had a hard week,”
“I love the way you call me every Friday,”
“I love that you brought me a to-go box without me even asking.”
Being specific with the way you add value to others always brings more significance than a simple love statement. And when we assign value to others, we all start feeling the love!