Joy | To you & yours

This Holiday Season, these are my wishes for you, today and the whole year through:

Love that overflows the brim of your cup, a sharing of Goodwill with family, friends, and your community, and abounding Peace to fill your heart and home.

And last but not least, I wish you Joy ~ that your soul may feel free to express the Infinite Light within you.

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Beauty | See with your heart's eyes, beauty has many faces when we look deeper. | HartHaiku.com

Beauty | Of our souls

Sometimes we forget to look for the deeper beauty in life. Beauty is easy to see on the face of a 20-year-old pretty woman, fresh-faced and attractive by the definition of the particular culture in which she lives. And admittedly, we all love to gaze upon a beautiful face. Beauty gives us pleasure.

But when physical beauty fades around the edges, then we must look deeper. And there comes a point in our own evolution when we realize: The full, deep beauty of a person lies in their heart. Ironically, it is in this realization that our own souls grow to another level of beauty. We start seeing and connecting to people in a different way. We start living from the heart.

Some inner wisdom, expressed by the model and actress Audrey Hepburn, who was revered in her time for her exquisite physical beauty:

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

Later in life, Audrey worked hands on in some of the poorest communities in Africa, South America, and Asia, to help alleviate poverty and be an example of what the Greeks call “Agápe”, or brotherly love. She became an icon for beauty yet again, but this time for a different kind, that of her heart.

Yes, (no matter our gender): The wisdom accumulated from our many life lessons, the shine in our eyes, our caring and compassion for our fellow man, our enthusiasm and gratitude for life itself, and a deep desire to keep living it with the full on curiosity and passion of a child – these are what grow us into the fullness of the inherent beauty of our souls.

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Singular | Your amazing soul was not meant to be stamped out, cookie-cutter style. | HartHaiku.com

Singular | You Are

One of our greatest life challenges is to reach deep inside ourselves and claim that which makes us unique in this world. And when we find it, to hang onto it fiercely. If society successfully demands that we think, do, and say the same as everyone else, what kind of road are we traveling down?

If we’re not careful, before we know it we’ll have a Ministry of Truth, shades of George Orwell’s 1984. You may think I am kidding, but… History says, this stuff has a way of sneaking up and biting us when we’re not looking.

So never let go of what is amazingly, astonishingly, wonderfully, gorgeously, remarkably, extraordinarily, uniquely you. Defend your right to think your own thoughts and speak your own truth. The world needs your inspired heart and soul, your fire, perhaps more now than at any other time in history.

When you honor yourself that way, you become a light for the world.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” ~ e.e. cummings

“You are unique. You have different talents and abilities. You don’t have to always follow in the footsteps of others. And most important, you should always remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing, you have a responsibility to develop the talents you have been given.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

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Gift | Goodwill merriment, precious time spent together, moments to cherish. | HartHaiku.com

Gift | Of your time

Right at this moment, there are thousands of people hitting the stores to find that perfect gift for their friends and loved ones. And over the coming days, it will reach a crushing crescendo.

For people who already have money concerns (and there are a burgeoning number of those, except in the very upper echelons of society), this can create a lot of stress. The pressure of meeting holiday expectations that hinge on dollars spent is tremendous.

Our time is like gold

Perhaps we’re doing it wrong. The commodity that cannot be purchased or replaced with money is our time. This precious moment, that will never come ’round again, is like gold.

But we don’t really stop to think about that, at least not very often. Life is busy. We think we are managing our time efficiently, jotting off quick messages on our phones in a nanosecond, racking up our “likes” on social media. But how much true quality attention do we put into our relationships, day-to-day?

The gift of our time and attention

Perhaps our time is the most precious gift we can give this holiday season. And by that I mean, real, quality, undistracted time, being fully present with our family and friends, really seeing them and hearing them.

(I realize of course that many people have family “across the miles”, and it may not be possible to connect in shared personal space. In that case, technology is a valuable lifeline to call and say hello, I love you. And even in that case, there is a world of difference between a text message and hearing someone’s voice.)

Embrace the opportunity of now

When it’s all said and done, mostly we won’t remember the nifty material gifts we gave or received over the years. But, we will remember the faces of people we love, special moments we spent with them, and how that made us feel.

And come the day when they aren’t with us anymore, we’ll wish we had more time with them. Just one more moment to give a hug, just one more chance to say “I love you, you are important to me”.

What better time is there to do that, than this holiday season?

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Inspirational Quote:

…”Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.”

~ Bob Moorehead, Words Aptly Spoken

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