Repurposing Valentine’s Day

This month I’m re-posting one of my favorite blogs from February 2012. It’s a plea to reboot Valentine’s Day! To tweak our response to Valentine’s Day and spread generosity and kindness.  I think many of our readers are already doing this in their daily lives, but may not know about Random Acts of Kindness Day and Week. And because of our mission we’ve asked for some specific kindness for Christian Science nurses and organizations.

Valentine’s Day is February 14, and I’ve been combing the card and candy aisles for weeks looking for just the right message or treat for friends, family, and colleagues. I’m a sucker for celebrating holidays. But not everyone enjoys the thought of celebrating Valentine’s Day. Many are tired of overpriced flowers and commercial junk that fill the stores, or the pressure to be with the “perfect” person on that particular day. Many choose to ignore the holiday, and some even celebrate “Anti” Valentine’s Day.

Maybe it is time for us to repurpose Valentine’s Day. Inspiring ideas have surfaced in recent years that can bring new meaning to the holiday. Here are some that I like:

  • “Rebooting” Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day –The focus of Generosity Day is practicing generosity with everyone you meet that day.
  • On a similar theme, Valentine’s Day occurs in the same week as Random Acts of Kindness Week, which inspires people to practice kindness and pass it on to others.
  • February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day, celebrated around the world—a national day where an entire country is challenged to do something kind to a friend or stranger for no reason at all.

Volunteers helping out around the BA’s grounds

While I really like the idea of Acts of Kindness, the word “random” includes a sense of hazard, chance, accident, or aimlessness. My understanding of kindness is that it springs from its link to divine Love.  Kindness is an expression of God — “God is known in loving kindness…” (Christian Science Hymnal # 76). So I like to think of Purposeful Acts of Kindness.

Purposeful Acts of Kindness on behalf of Christian Science nursing during the week of February 12-18.

A few ideas for Purposeful Acts of Kindness

  • Donate your time at a local Christian Science facility the week of February 13–19.
    • Volunteer to adopt a garden or a flower box.
    • Read to a patient.
    • Take baked goods to the staff or Christian Science nurses at the facility.
  • Donate in-kind gifts to a Christian Science facility.

    Volunteer performs for residents at the BA

    • Check out their website — many facilities maintain a wish-list on their website of items they greatly need.
    • Subscriptions to the Christian Science periodicals are always appreciated.
  • Write a thank you note to a Christian Science nurse, Christian Science nursing facility, or visiting service. If you have experienced a healing with the support of Christian Science nursing, take the time to express gratitude for that healing by writing a note of gratitude, giving a testimony in church, or writing a testimony for the periodicals.
  • Donate directly to the facility or to the visiting Christian Science nursing service, or perhaps to the benevolence fund that helps those who are unable to pay for all or a portion of their care.

If everyone who has ever been blessed by (or known someone who has been blessed by) Christian Science nursing made a commitment to practice Purposeful Acts of Kindness – can you imagine what an outpouring of kindness there would be?

Join together February 12-18 in support of Christian Science nursing with an act of kindness.

Please share your ideas for acts of kindness in the comment section below.

2 Responses to Repurposing Valentine’s Day

  1. Cheryl Ryan says:

    For a number of years at Thanksgiving time or Christmas time I have baked loaves of bread for all our branch church members and regular attendees. Many of them now look forward to this contribution! This year I have been thinking more of Valentine’s Day along the lines of not just expressing love for my family, but through expressing more love and gratitude to our church membership, especially those who are single or “more experienced”. More bread (or homemade truffles!) may be coming their way with my thanks and love for their contributions! Purposeful acts of kindness and love indeed!

  2. Laura Lawrence says:

    At our branch church, instead of having one person do all Wed. readings, we each sign up as we are led to. A few weeks ago, I volunteered for Feb. 15 and wrote down in my calendar the topic “Love is kind” (based on I Cor. 13). At the time I’d never heard of a week devoted to “acts of kindness.” So I was delighted to learn how Mind had given me my topic before I knew of the human reason for it!

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