Hate is a strong word, but I am sincere when I say I hate February. On the East Coast it is cold, dark, and feels longer than the sum of its 28 days. There is not much good news to boost my spirits. So much talk of all that is wrong in our country and the wider world.
It is important to remember that the world is still a place of great beauty and warmth.
My son's school is celebrating Valentine's Day with a Kindness Party. It's heartening to see the many forms love can take in our world: love of family, love of country, love of justice, love of humanity. We express it every day in random acts, volunteer work, thoughful listening, friendship, civic engagement. It is courageous to choose happiness and show love.
Let's celebrate all the bright spots! Here's to a happy February and a brighter world view.