With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air (I know, cue the eye rolls). So, I thought I’d share some thoughts about how to appreciate your creative loved ones.

There’s a movie called Phenomenon with a very important message that I think everyone should know. It’s about love, winning the heart of the one you want, and keeping it.

In the movie, the object of the main character’s affection builds chairs. These things are built from twigs of varying sizes. No one buys them, except our hero. And he buys every single one she makes.

In simple terms, he wins her heart because he bought her chairs.

It is that simple.

She created something with her hands. Put her heart and soul into it.

And he bought them.

It didn’t matter if they were comfortable or aesthetically pleasing. They were hers.

People don’t realize how much appreciation matters to creative souls like ours.

If you love a writer, read their work. It’s their soul on those pages. Within those words. Appreciate their words and what they create with them.

If you love an artist, look at their pieces. See the colors they’ve used, the pictures they’ve created. Buy their art and cover your walls with them.

Regardless of their creative outlet, they’ve spent countless hours learning their passion.

Read them, see them, feel them.

Find out what they love. Buy those chairs. Appreciate them.

That will catch their attention.

And that will win their heart.

So, what’s your plan for this Valentine’s Day?

© Sarah Doughty