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An Open Love Letter - A Connection Guide Beyond Valentine's Day!


An Open Love Letter - A Connection Guide Beyond Valentine's Day!
An Open Love Letter - A Connection Guide Beyond Valentine's Day | Priya Kartik

Hey, Happy Valentine's Day! 🌹🌹 

As I walked through the city streets these past few weeks, a sea of pink and red washed over every storefront, each corner brimming with overpriced roses, exotic cocoa delights, and fancy gifts. Is Valentine's Day solely about indulging in flowers and chocolates? 

NOoooo! Not.


The Real Essence of Valentine’s Day:

Did you know Valentine’s Day traces back to ancient Rome, celebrating not just love but the virtues of bravery, connection, and most crucially, communication? Yes, it's not just about chocolates and flowers; it's about the profound power of expressing our feelings and connecting with people around us.


Saint Valentine, (that’s how you got Valentine’s Day!) symbolizes the importance of connections and heartfelt communication. This day serves as a reminder of the timeless value of expressing our emotions and intentions clearly and compassionately.


A Modern-Day Reflection: The Love Letter Begins…

Fast forward to today, where we are living amid fear, hatred, and depression, I felt compelled to write this open love letter for 2 reasons.

  1. To say, “I care for you” 

  2. To share heartfelt wisdom on deepening your connections in every facet of life.


We know the significance of love and compassion in enhancing mutual understanding and strengthening relationships. I'm not going to back this statement with a hyperlink to a research publication. I know you know it. Yet,  how frequently do we consciously put that into action? Often, we give excuses, about our endless to-do lists, ambitious goals, and unannounced challenges. How can we raise ourselves above all this? 

 

For that, we need to go back to the basics - developing the art, rather, a habit of sprinkling a little compassion in our everyday communication.


Back to Basics: Cultivating Compassion in Communication


1. 🌹 Listen to Learn: 

In our fast-paced, competitive world, genuine listening is a rarity. Most of the time, we listen to judge the other person or listen to respond with a fitting reply. Have you tried listening to learn? When you listen to learn you give your undivided attention, show your respect, and connect deeply.

2. 🌹 Express Authentic Gratitude: 

We take the time to recognize and thank people who gave us major achievements and ‘materialistic’ gains. How often do we take the time to express gratitude for the little things? A heartfelt "thank you" to your colleague for completing the work when you were away or the supportive friend who chose to be with you when you needed them. Authentic gratitude goes beyond mere politeness; it recognizes the unique qualities and the value of others in your life. 

3. 🌹 It’s Okay to Open Up: 

Vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. Sharing your thoughts and feelings openly, especially in professional settings, can be daunting. However, it is the cornerstone of compassionate communication,  strengthening bonds, and building trust. 

4. 🌹 Resolve with Love: 

Every relationship faces challenges, but it's how we handle them that counts. When you put yourself in the other person’s shoes, and think about where they are coming from before communicating with them, you are opening the doors for empathy. Approach conflicts with empathy, and a willingness to understand while prioritizing the relationship over the need to win an argument. 

5. 🌹 Celebrate Each Other: 

Just like Valentine's Day, let every day be an opportunity to celebrate love and connection. Acknowledge the unique qualities that make your relationships special.


One more thing…

Don’t Forget: The Importance of Self-Compassion

As we focus on extending compassion to others, it’s vital to also practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself in the face of setbacks, embrace your imperfections, and love yourself for who you are.


Embracing the True Spirit of Valentine’s Day

As we honor Saint Valentine, let’s remember his message: the transformative power of love, courage, and compassionate communication. In this digital age where texts often replace talks, and emojis convey emotions, let's cherish the beauty of a heartfelt conversation and the warmth of genuine connections.


The most precious memories stem from simple, sincere expressions of love that truly enhance our relationships.


Wishing you a life filled with love, laughter, and meaningful conversations. Here's to stronger, deeper, and more loving connections. 💖


With all my love,

Your Communication Coach

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