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Valentine’s Day Ideas
It is that time of the year again when lovers across the globe scramble for Valentines Day ideas for gifts and activities to woo their loved ones. Love and romance are like a plant, they tend to wither and die if left untended. So it is important to keep refreshing the relationship by the words and actions that we share with our partners.
Valentine’s Day is a tradition and it comes every 14th February. The tradition’s origins are variedly explained depending on where one comes from. According to Wikipedia, it is a Christian celebration in memory of a martyr named Valentinus who before his execution for performing forbidden marriages, wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter and signed it, “Your Valentine”. There are however several other versions of saints bearing the same name, ”Saint Valentine”. The day is however celebrated all over the world signifying love.
Regardless of its origins, it is wisdom for someone in a relationship to make an effort to make their partner feel loved, appreciated and special. It can only come back to you, so there are many benefits. At this time; love notes, cards, flowers, teddy bears, poems and gifts, all with a red romantic theme are exchanged. Yet it is not uncommon to find yourself struggling and tearing your hair for some fresh hot Valentines Day ideas that will excite and impress your partner. Some believe that it is the men who should be showering the ladies with gifts and initiating activities and yet others say that it is the ladies turn every leap year.
Whichever way it goes, it is important to always be prepared so that when it’s your turn, you know what to do. Hence, it is also important to keep looking for new Valentine’s Day ideas and these can be found in many places including online. There are books, videos and articles that address this issue. Of particular interest is an e-book I found that is now available online for instant download. It is entitled, “Valentine’s Day Magic” and it is full of fresh ideas. Grab this e-book now! It comes with resell rights, that is, you can re-sell it also if you like.
If you have done everything else from dinners, to gifts, to flowers and are at a loss as to what to do next, then I recommend that you checkout this e-book: Valentine’s Day Magic. You will get valuable and fresh Valentines Day ideas that will put you ahead of the game, plus you will be able to impress your loved one.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
At a recent wedding, the master of ceremony gave a brief sermon. The title of his short sermon was “Nurture Your First Love”. When he started we all looked at each other wondering what this was all about and how this fit into the occasion. But as he went on, it was very clear that this was a message not only to the newlyweds but to all the married people in the audience.
When you first fall in love, everything seems so beautiful, rosy and moving in slow motion. He gave an example of how a couple in love tends to share everything. If they buy two ice creams, they both lick at the same one and
take turns; it does not bother them who eats the largest potion. A couple in love does not get tired of being together, in each other’s company. None bothers the other. But wait a couple of years down the line:
1. Sharing food becomes taboo. The wife can no longer wait for hubby to come home since by the time he
arrives everything will be stone cold. Hubby is now a workaholic who leaves the office at odd hours during the night.
2. The irritation is unbearable as his jokes suddenly become so boring and embarrassing if in the company of other people.
3. One husband spends his time with his friends at the pub. He comes home late at night and expects the wife to be cheerful and eager to please him???
4. Where there should be milk and honey- there’s sour milk and honeycombs.
5. If you want your partner to treat you like a king/queen, treat them like a queen/king.
The master of ceremonies rightly observed that men are logical while women are emotional. Thus one should not expect the other to behave otherwise.
Valentine's Day Ideas
How to Manage Family Relationships-Part 1: Relationship with your spouse
Relationship with your spouse
This can be a tricky but also dangerous relationship if not properly managed. But it can also be rosy if you know the vital secrets.
Secrets to managing relationship with your spouse
1. Know each other well
Knowing each other is a crucial aspect of relationships. It is usually best to learn as much as you can about the other person before you commit but sometimes whirlwind romances do happen and people end up tied down with a stranger. If you wake up and find that you do not fully understand or know your spouse-do not panic! You need to be calm and trace your steps back to where you left off but be patient. You need to ask relevant questions but do not hurry as your spouse might be taken aback by you trying to start from scratch. You need to know what your spouse values in life, communication style, love language, interests etc. You can approach this like a quiz or game where you choose a special setting like going out to dinner, movies, the beach or even relaxing by the fireplace at home. Make it interesting enough for your spouse to want to participate. You could even try a game of truth or dare.
2. Communicate effectively
In order to communicate effectively, one needs good listening skills. There is no point in trying to get your message or point across if you cannot pause and receive feedback from the other person. Suppose you want to ask your spouse to do something for you, then your temper and body language should be right. If you receive negative feedback, then you need to pause, rephrase or drop the subject and try another time. Perhaps this was not a good time for your spouse, they are in a bad mood or there was a misunderstanding. Arguing and trying to force your point will not help as you would get a worse reaction as your partner becomes defensive by going on the offensive. If the request is coming from your spouse and you are not ready to receive and act on it then either just say so or ask for time to think about it while you strategize on how best to phrase or express your response. Then make your point as clear as possible because ambiguity causes confusion.
Secrets to managing relationship with your spouse
3. Give and take
Remember a relationship with another person is a give and take affair. Sometimes you need to bend over backwards to accommodate your partner and expect them to do the same. Even the Bible speaks of “Give and You Shall Receive.” Normally you get back what you give but in varying proportions. Give some love and you will get a lot of it back. You also take a lot of pain as you manage the relationship and have to put in a lot of work too. However, a relationship should be balanced and not one-sided.
4. Allow individuality
Each person is a stand-alone entity, thus it is necessary to allow individuality in the relationship. Healthy relationships thrive on letting each person be what God made them to be. Trying to mold someone to be like you will never work and this point is especially for possessive spouses who want to control everything to the extent of dictating what TV programs the other person should watch and what company they should keep. If your hobby happens to be napping, please do not force your spouse to take a nap when they want to read a book. You could be an “early to bed, early to rise kind “, while your spouse is a “night owl and late to rise type”; forcing them to do your bidding will only breed animosity. The best approach would be to find some common ground and take advantage of that space when the two circles interact to form a subset of common space. Utilize that space.
5. Celebrate the relationship
Celebrate your differences, celebrate your similarities and best of all learn to live with each other. Have a vision and persue your dreams here.
Mosline Farawu is a creative writer who likes to share her thoughts and observations . It is my hope that many will find healing through such writings.