As my family and I stepped up to the “Wall of Love” in Montmartre, Paris, I got to thinking about the power of love, art, and the fact that I was standing in front of this beautiful piece with my favourite people!
The Wall of Love was created in 2000 by Fédéric Baron and Claire Kito. It’s made up of 612 tiles and features “I love you” written 311 times in 250 different languages. Situated in a quaint, pretty park, it’s rather special to sit back and watch people find their “love language” on the wall, then pose for a photo with someone they care about. This little park, with this fabulous wall, is truly a special place.
We live in a world (especially with social media) where the focus is often on negativity, judgement and criticism. To counterbalance all the bad stuff, I believe that spreading kindness and telling the people in your life how special they are is so important! As the creator behind the “Things We Love About You” poster, I love being part of expressing genuine admiration and gratitude to those who make a different in your life… and I love the impact it has on both the person receiving and the person giving it. To see all of things that people love about you printed out, just for you…it’s a pretty spectacular feeling!
While the posters I make are typically given for milestone birthdays and anniversaries, we really should go out of our way to tell the people in our lives EVERY DAY how important they are. Here’s just 5 reasons to tell a loved one how special they are:
At the heart of our existence are the connections we share with others. By expressing how special someone is to you, you nurture and strengthen your relationships. Each individual possesses unique qualities and contributions that enhance our lives. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or colleague… acknowledging their value fosters a deep sense of connection and belonging.
We all have moments of doubt and insecurity, questioning our worth and purpose. A sincere and heartfelt affirmation from someone we care about can work wonders for our self-esteem. By recognizing the positive attributes and actions of others, we help them see their strengths, fostering a greater sense of self-worth.
The world can sometimes feel heavy with negativity, leaving people feeling disheartened and unappreciated. When we take the time to acknowledge and celebrate the goodness in others, we contribute to a more positive and uplifting environment. Our words and actions have the power to create ripples of joy and inspiration, making the world a brighter place for everyone.
Inspiring Growth and Confidence:
By highlighting the special qualities and talents of those around us, we can inspire them to reach their full potential. Genuine praise and recognition not only validate someone’s efforts but also provide them with the confidence to explore new avenues, take risks, and pursue their passions.
Expressing appreciation and admiration for others cultivates a sense of gratitude within ourselves. When we focus on the positive aspects of those around us, we shift our perspective from what is lacking to what is abundant. Gratitude enhances our overall well-being, fostering a deeper sense of happiness, contentment, and fulfillment in our lives.
Through my artwork I have seen firsthand the power of expressing genuine admiration and appreciation. With the Things We Love About you posters, my goal is to inspire folks to celebrate the people in their lives and remind them of their unique and wonderful qualities. By nurturing relationships, boosting self-esteem, spreading positivity, inspiring growth, and cultivating gratitude, we can cause a ripple effect of love that has the power to create a more compassionate world for us all.
So get out there…tell your friends you love them! Tell them A LOT! Make it weird as the meme says to do! You just never know who’s having a rough day and could use the extra bit of love.
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