February 14, 2008

The Best Valentines Gift

aussiegall's heart in handsPhoto by aussiegall on Flickr

Our family doesn't make a big deal of Valentines Day, but this year I had a special request for my sons. It all started with a post I read on Litemind called Tackle Any Issue With a List of 100.

Instead of using my list to tackle an issue, I thought about another article, this one on The Simple Dollar about Maximizing the Free Things That Make You Feel Good, that suggested listing things you enjoy that are low cost or free. I decided to make a list of 100 things I like.

Most of the things I wrote down involved family and friends, being outside, and using my senses to see, smell, hear, taste and touch things. It included things like the smell of fresh cut hay, listening to a baby's belly laugh, and eating chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven.

The more things I wrote down, the more I realized how much the list revealed about me. I wanted to share it with my family, and I wanted to see what their list of 100 would include. So, I asked the boys to make their own list of 100 things they like.

The result was fantastic. The lists generated a lot of smiles, laughter, and agreement as we read through them. I also liked how it made the boys think of the simple things that made them happy. It really was the best Valentines gift.