Love is in the air

Comfort and connection start at home

By Tracy Stuart

It’s hard to ignore the turmoil around the world. The news we see daily can make for a heavy heart. But we have to remember that we can be the difference makers in our homes and in communities. If we shift our focus on acts of kindness and love, we can lift the spirits of those around us.

When reviewing the safety features on a plane, the flight attendant’s message is clear: in case of an emergency put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others. I think we’d be wise to carry this advice over into our daily lives.

Often we get caught up in taking care of other’s needs before ourselves. Imagine how much more energy (and perhaps patience) we’d have for others if we made self-care a priority. Jill Chappell explores this concept in her column “Be kind to yourself”.

When our heart is happy then we can shift our attention to those who are closest to us. Abby Cameron helps us understand “The language of love”; it’s important to understand that not everyone’s needs are the same when it comes to matters of the heart. Discover what love language the people around you speak so that you can create and foster greater understanding and stronger bonds within your family.

Our schools have also identified the importance of love and understanding as the Roots of Empathy program is spreading throughout our education system (and around the globe). Heidi Tattrie Rushton follows the story of baby Tessa and how the children at Waverly Memorial elementary school have learned to care for others and think about how their actions make others feel. Through the eyes of a babe we can learn so much about empathy and love.

I have discovered that my love language is “quality time” and my cup is overflowing with the number of snow days that we have experienced already this winter. Spending time tobogganing or playing games with my family fills me with joy.

Heather Laura Clarke has a different, and relatable for work-from-home parents, story “Working from home on a snow day”. She explores the struggle to balance quality time and getting things done.

And nutrition columnist Edwena Kennedy shares her experience on how you can actually get things done in the kitchen by involving your children, which ticks two boxes for me. On the next snow day try bringing your little chef into the kitchen to make those special memories.

If the kitchen and cooking are not your thing, then perhaps snuggling up with a book on a snow day is? Trevor J. Adams always has great book recommendations up his sleeve for a snow day—or any day. If you are looking for other great quality time experiences this winter be sure to check out our First Bell section, for information on the latest events happening around town.

This winter, despite the rumblings of the world, be sure to remember that we can lift hearts with our thoughts, actions, and the love that we share for our family and one another.

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