I Give You February 2009 – Open The Gift – Open The Box

written by Veronica M. Hay
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Today is the last day of January 2009 and this morning I was looking at my calender at February and it occurred to me that it is the perfect month. It begins on a Sunday, the start of a new week and it ends on a Saturday, the last and final day of the week.

It consists of only 28 days, 4 full weeks, and unlike the other months of the year there are no extra days dangling off the end.

And to make it even sweeter, there is a celebration smack dab in the middle on Valentine’s day.

As I looked at the calender, I thought to myself, what could I do with this perfect month? I feel as though it is a gift and I could wrap it in bright red paper and tie it in a bow and give it away to others and to myself.

As I stared at the 28 days sitting there before me, all in a row, on the calendar, I wondered to myself.
Where will I be on the last day, what will I have accomplished, what will I have done with this precious month that I have been given. What new people, experiences, habits, will I welcome into my life and which ones am I now ready to let go of?

What one thing can I promise myself to do every single day, for just 28 days, and keep my word about it, and how will I feel at the end when I have completed it?

What if I could just get inside of this box. I could say to myself “Here I am. I’m in February.” How would I see the world from there and how would the world see me? How would I choose to BE inside this box?

What if I chose to be totally present and conscious, not walking around in a daze, but aware of each moment, taking nothing for granted, counting each blessing, savoring each encounter, relishing each experience, feeling grounded to the earth, perhaps for the very first time, viewing it all from a higher place than before. And if I found myself off centre, I could remember, “Hey, I’m in February” and get back in the box, so to speak, get right back on track. I could remember that again, and again and again, if I needed to. I could do that for just 28 little days!

How about you? Will YOU join me? I am giving you this precious gift, this February. Rip off the paper, unwrap the bow, and get inside the box, really get inside February!

We’ll meet again at the end. We’ll have a lot to talk about, you and I. I’m sure of it.

Happy February 2009!

Veronica Hay is an inspirational writer living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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  1. Rebecca’s avatar


    Thank you for this “gift”. I will be sharing it with all my friends. I was just telling my mom the other day how I always focus on being nice or of service to others during the Christmas season and Lent, but it kind of goes by the wayside the rest of the year. You gave me the perfect opportunity to “pay attention” to my behavior.

    Thank you.


  2. Barbara A Bailey’s avatar

    I loved this Veronica. Your voice is very relaxing and at the same time motivational. I loved the way you say “again” sounds so Canadian!
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Tomorrow will be a special day now.
    From My Heart,

  3. Kathy Mikshenas’s avatar

    Dear Veronica,

    Thank you for sharing this. It gave me encouragement to refocus my thinking. We live in Maine and we currently are in the hardest part of winter. Winter is not my favorite season, but your encouragement gave me the motivation to make each moment of every day, a little special. God bless you. You really have made a difference in my life.

    Kathy Mikshenas

  4. Peter Knight’s avatar

    Hey Veronica,

    Great piece, it’s really motivating!

    I got a headstart, I’m already on day 3 and its february 1st today. I just finished my daily article…now I can sleep!


  5. veronicahay’s avatar

    Thank you Rebecca, Barbara, Kathy and Peter for your wonderful comments. I really feel that this February 2009 will be a very special and productive month for all of us. Let the magic begin today, on the first day of this wonderful new month.

    Blessings, Veronica

  6. Tamsin’s avatar

    I loved this Veronica – what a great idea esp as 28 days feels manageable for completing a goal or just deciding to stick to something or do something you’ve been meaning to each day. I look forward to reading more about how everyone gets on!

    All the best


  7. Jonas Fast’s avatar

    Hi Veronica! Very cool, February 1st has always been special to me since it’s my birthday. It’s the start of a new promising month with spring soon on the horizon and for me it marks the beginning of a “new year”. I agree that February 2009 will be very special and productive!

    What, is it Day 2 already…? Time to get busy.

    Thank you,


  8. Peter Knight’s avatar

    Finished my article for today. And some brilliant stuff too if I don’t say so myself. Love that I’ve hit the ground running in February

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