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Valentine's Day

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is already here. But have you ever wondered why we have an official, singular day to show our love for others? An even better question would be: how we can spread more love and appreciation not only throughout the calendar, but throughout our daily lives?

To look at this more granular, I believe that if we each showed one another a little more respect (and actually talked to one another!), we would be in a much better place. It is odd for an IT guy to say – in a blog of all places – to put your electronic devices down and get to know the people around you. I am not saying that we need to be best friends with everyone around us, but if we got to know each other just a little bit, we would have more feelings for those around us, and in turn would make our communities a better place.

This can be done in a variety of ways. On average, I probably talk to 20-25 people a day. What if I were to get to know even 10 of those people better by simply greeting them when I walk by them? And I mean really greet them, and not just saying “Hi” in passing. Or what if I took the extra 3 minutes on the phone to ask someone how their day was going or how their family was doing? Who knows what connection can be made in the 3 minutes. Maybe it will open a new type of communication line between the two of you, making any future (and sure to happen) bumps in the road more tolerable.

It’s important to remember that we are with our “work families” almost as much as we are with our real ones, so it is important to get to know the people around you. If you need it, make this Valentine’s Day your perfect “excuse” to show your appreciation to the “work family” people in your life.