A Valentine for your inner child? why not?

This is what happened yesterday: in a general store, getting things for my kitchen, all the decor was full with different kinds of red hearts...Of course! It's Valentine's Day!....

Suddenly I found myself grabbing one of the balloons...and my left hand felt curiously small, kind of tiny...it would not let the balloon go as I went through the cashier. She rang everything up and I found myself walking out with a gorgeous red balloon with the "I love you" message screaming across it.

My rational mind asking: what's going on here? why did you buy this balloon? who is this balloon for?

And the answer was loud and clear:  this balloon is for my inner child...Of course! she needs to hear from me, her adult self, that I cherish her!

As I never forgot her completely, but went through periods in which I could only remember the painful parts of her life I wanted so much to forget, now I have a better picture. I can see all her creativity, her survival skills deploying under extreme duress, emotional abuse and lack of appreciation. I can see her resourcefulness to find small joys in a bleak childhood, which translated into being a smart survivor now...

And this is a good opportunity to tell her, with all my love, that I recognize her, appreciate her tenacity and ability to resist oppression without denying the joys of life. She was a joyful survivor, never a bitter one. Always finding in a bit of sunshine, a flower, or a smile, the energy to keep living, learning and dreaming a better future...Of course you are my Valentine!

To my inner child, now I'm sending this loving Valentine; you deserve it more than anybody else. Wherever the alternative time you are in now, you are in my heart, always...thanks for surviving everything and bringing me here and now!

NoraNora Femenia is a well known coach, conflict solver and trainer, and CEO of Creative Conflict Resolutions, Inc. Visit her blog and signup free to be connected to her innovative conflict solutions, positive suggestions and life-changing coaching sessions, along with blog updates, news, and more! Go now to http://conflictcoach.me
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