Up, Up and Away!
Who remembers the song, Love Is in the Air? It goes something like this: ♪ Love is in the air…everywhere I look around. Love is in the air…every sight and every sound ... (ta-da ta ta-da) love is in the air!! … oh oh oh, oh oh oh…. ♪
Pretty groovy, right? Okay, forget groovy. Cool, tight, lit, bomb. The song is fire!
Oh love. (sigh) It’s ever so patient!
When we think about love, many images come to mind but none of gloomy, dark and dusty, stagnant, barren, apathetic things, or as the kids would say with an emoticon; meh or blah!
Love makes us want to shout … skip, jump, leap, run, dance, twirl, clap, hum, whistle and sing! Need I say more? Well, love can manifest with many indescribable and yet vividly describable emotions. It can be so magnificent it feels like your heart skipped a beat and the world made one swift extra turn. And yet love is so much more than feelings and emotions.
Love is responsible—it bears all things. It is a verb, not a noun. It is in constant and continuous movement. It’s kind, sweet, tender, caring, thoughtful, comforting and consoling, giving, cheery; sunny optimistic! Love rises to the occasion, calms, refreshes, lifts us up, covers, protects, heals, yields enjoyment and brings all good things to fruition. Love is neither jealous nor envious; and it does not seek painful punishment, but forgives and seeks to educate, enlighten, restore and even restitute.
On this earth, though far and near, without love, there’s only fear.
~ Pearl S. Buck
Some say the antithesis of fear is faith. I agree and proffer that the antidote for fear is love! Would you agree?
An interesting note on love is that not everyone soars with a compliment or praise. The reason is not always what we were taught—that it’s because they are introverts, or insecure and have low self-esteem. This connection has long been over-interpreted, since sociologists and other experts have concluded that culture, ideology and creed play a huge part in some people resisting or even rejecting compliments and praise.
Here is a different viewpoint for your consideration; compliments and praise may not correspond with someone’s love language. I won’t offer much more coverage on the topic, but what follows is eggs-cellent—no yolk!
In the early 1990s, American author and radio talk show host, Dr. Gary Chapman, wrote a bestseller on the topic of love languages. To date, his book has sold more than twelve million copies and has been translated into almost 40 languages. The 5 Love Languages® was recently developed into a quiz for children, teens, singles and couples. Why not explore your love language just for sport and see how you can use it to connect with others in meaningful ways? Take the quiz now! The results can be mutually shared with your spouse, family, friends, and also used as a team-building exercise.
Speaking of teams and love languages, we have some goodies in the form of favorite quotes and tips from the muses who often and unknowingly kindle our inspiration. Enjoy!
On relationships and how he and MaryLou stayed married so long.
Marry your best friend,
buy flowers and
never stop kissing.
~ Richard ‘Dick’ Loehr
Team National Founder
Excerpt from her book, Love, Laughter and Bubblegum.
Dick and I were blessed in many ways. We looked for rainbows instead of rain.
I hope you enjoy the stories and find humor and motivation in my book.
If you look, you too can find love, laughter, and a rainbow.
~ MaryLou Loehr
Team National Co-founder
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I love this quote as a reminder to be the light and give love to others…your friends, your family, your community. I also love his quote that hate is too great a burden to bear; I choose Love.
Angela Loehr Chrysler, President & CEO
A long-lasting marriage is built upon how you value and appreciate your spouse’s positive attitude and outlook on life…I hit the jackpot!!
Phil Chrysler, President & CEO of Impact Health Sharing
All you need is love.
~ John Lennon
Where there is love there is life.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Harry Ebener, Vice President of Finance
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
The greatest love story of all time.
Andres Forero, Vice President of Business Services
If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.
~ Mother Theresa
Eileen Ryan, Vice President of Customer Relations and Compliance
It’s up, up and away with these motivational quotes; but we also want to share 14 “sweet somethings” that can make this Valentine’s Day practical and significant for others. Here we go!
- Share a heart-shaped balloon with an elderly person. Tie it to their mailbox, doorknob, or the driver-side mirror of their car. Remember not to trespass and please beware of dogs!
- On social media, send a love & friendship GIF to someone, write on their FB wall, or post a photo of the two of you together—don’t forget to tag them.
- Send Valentines for Veterans and deployed soldiers through Soldiers’ Angels, a national non-profit.
- Working outside your home? Buy a bouquet of flowers from your favorite grocery store and divide it; tying ribbon around each flower and a small hand-written note saying, “You are Special!” Give one to every lady in your team, department or business. I can’t take credit for this one—a very thoughtful young man in our company does this every year.
- If you’re single and don’t have Valentine’s Day plans, offer to stay with a couple’s children for a few hours (for free). Follow up on your offer, since many couples might welcome it but be embarrassed to jump at the chance!
- Visit the cemetery and take extra flowers for the plot next to your loved one’s plot or tombstone. Say a prayer for the surviving family members.
- Make a family time capsule and bury it. Include photos, notes, magazine or newspaper cutouts copied on quality paper and something trendy. Oh and don’t forget to add a cloth face mask!
- On Valentine’s Day morning, send $15 (maybe $20) to a friend by Zelle, Cash App or PayPal. Write in the memo section: “Lunch is on me today. Happy Valentine’s Day!”
- Bake or buy muffins, cupcakes or cookies to share with neighbors, teachers, clergy, letter carrier, LEOs or coworkers; preferably gluten-free and without nuts.
- Put together a gift bag or care package for a homeless person with wipes, deodorant, razors, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, a bottle of water, a pair of socks and anything else that might be useful. I like to include inexpensive ponchos, automatic-open mini umbrellas and a blanket.
- Mainstay at Walmart – 50” x 60” fleece throws for $2.50 (in-store).
- Polarvide at IKEA – 51” x 67” fleece throws for $3.99.
- Various brands at Five Below – 50” x 60” blankets for $5.00.
- Make treat bags for the kids in your life. Here are some cute ideas with witty notes to boot!
- Double the bang for your buck by going online and buying a product whose proceeds go to a worthy cause.
- Give a donation to a health charity of choice. Here is a list of the three leading causes of death in the U.S. and the associated non-profits you can donate to and/or volunteer with.
- Go on the Yelp, Tripadvisor, or BBB websites and give a business some love, writing a five-star review.
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