I bet that when you went to work today, some people had two dozen roses on their desks. Some people had dinner plans. Others might have had a new piece of jewelry or if you’re a gentleman, a nice new watch. Perhaps your co-worker had breakfast in bed or someone shared a box of chocolates with you because “they just have so many” or “they really don’t like the coconut ones.”
The one thing that’s not promoted on this day, however, is minimalism.
I admit that I’ve had my fair share of nice Valentine’s Days. There was the one where my now husband proposed to me and others that included nice gifts and nice dinners. So, I don’t want you to think I’m down on this holiday at all. I’m all about professing my love for my one and only.
Yet, these days, I’m trying to keep it simple, which is hard when you live in a culture that values possessions. So how do you embrace minimalism on Valentine’s Day when you’re surrounded by a culture of excess? Here’s how you can start:
Have a Nice Dinner at Home
One of the best ways you can show someone that you love them is to have a nice dinner at home. It saves you the hassle of an overpriced Valentine’s Day menu, and it shows that you care. Planning a menu of your loved one’s favorite food takes time and effort, which makes it more meaningful.
Minimalists don’t need to have $100 dinners. They just need the peace and tranquility of enjoying each other’s company.
Make Your Own Gifts
If you’re fretting that your loved one won’t like their gift, go return it. There’s no need to buy jewelry or any other luxury item on Valentine’s Day. Sitting down to write a nice note saying how much you love the other person is a great way to show that you care. It will mean much more than any gift every could.
Minimalists don’t thrive on receiving “things.” They thrive on simplicity.
Competition is everywhere, but the worst place you can find it on this holiday is Facebook. Many people assume that the relationships that are portrayed on Facebook are just as they are in real life. However, every relationship has issues, and there’s no reason to assume that anyone’s life is picture perfect.
So, before you put up that picture of your new bracelet, ask yourself why you are doing it. Is it to show off? Or, is there another motive?
Minimalists aren’t concerned with grand gestures, and they don’t need to prove anything to others.
Ultimately, it’s difficult to embrace minimalism 100%, but today is a good day to start trying. As for me, I strive to strike a balance. I wished my husband a simple “Happy Valentine’s Day” on Facebook, and I enjoyed the beauty and simplicity of the single red rose he gave me.
What are you doing on Valentine’s Day today? Are you for or against the holiday? Do you go all out or do you keep it simple?
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