Anybody that follows my work understands my thoughts on transforming relationships. Transforming a relationship doesn’t happen in one day. It usually doesn’t happen on those commercial days either. In fact, appreciating someone on a specified day can really cause you to miss the boat. Sometimes it takes years to get a handle on how to truly show appreciation to loved ones.
Showing serious appreciation is a process. The process varies depending on the relationship. Inspired, this year I decided to do something different. My appreciation will be demonstrated by transforming Valentine’s Day. The transformation will be called Single Awareness Day. All Single Awareness Day requires is all single people must Love thyself before Thy love neighbors, families and friends. Consider this:
1. Love Thy Friends and Family means spending your energy baking cute treats or getting gifts to show the great people in your life you really appreciate them. Giving always makes you feel better.
2. Love Thy Neighbor – Reach out to other singles and invite them over for a celebration or a night out, even if you do not know them that well. That stranger in your office probably doesn’t want to spend the night alone any more than you do.
3. Love Thyself – Pamper, pamper, pamper. Why not buy yourself a poem book? My Beautiful Black Sisters one way to share feelings? Purchase some roses while treating yourself to chocolates as you get your nails done. Show yourself some much-needed love, so when Mr. or Mrs. Right comes along, you can let the love inside you just bubble over.
About Nathan B. Brooken
Nathan B. Brooken is the author of My Beautiful Black Sisters, a collection of poems in memory of his mother, whom he lost at a young age. He has also written several fan fiction scripts. His work has been incorporated into two American Literature and Composition courses syllabi at local Jacksonville colleges and universities. Brooken’s appreciation for women breaks barriers. His poems have become the subject of debate. Brooken began writing while attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. He continues to write about the women who assisted in his upbringing when he is working on assignment in the Duval County School System. Visit Nathan