Walking home from the bus stop today, rain sealing an end to a long dry spell this San Francisco winter, I noticed most restaurants occupied by couples presumably on their Valentine’s Day date. A thought occurred to me: I imagine several friends are sad to be spending Valentine’s Day single.
If you find yourself sad to be alone on Valentine’s Day–or any day, really–recall all the love you’re given from other people in your life. Think about all the good deeds others have done for you recently. I expect you’ll realize you have a lot of caring people in your life, hopefully helping you cope more effectively with any loneliness you’re experiencing. But if you’re still struggling, ask yourself how you can make a difference in someone else’s life. I believe compassion is a large part of achieving a sustainable inner happiness, and perhaps your good deed may help you to find a date for next year’s Valentine’s Day ;).
(Also, mom, thanks for the two-pound box of chocolate.)