Thin Veneer | Society breaks, the rot exposes itself, soon to be no more. | HartHaiku.com

Thin Veneer | Is Cracking

Society is breaking. It’s time to get real.

The veneer is brittle and cracking. The innards of the rotten egg are oozing out all over. The stench of hate reeks and fouls.

Do you remember the old Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme?
“All the King’s horses and all the King’s mend, couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

Yes, and that is a good thing. As we stare horrified at this place we’re now at, we realize there is no turning back. Denial will not change it. What now?

Consider this: A new world can be birthed from this brokenness. Anger and denial will turn to excitement for the opportunity that lays before us. Bulbs will flash on in minds worldwide, and the light will be glorious.

Personally, I cannot wait to see it.

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Smile | Curved lips, happy eyes, lift every heart they meet, spread infectious joy. | HartHaiku.com

Smile | Spread Joy

Little did I realize when I wrote this Hart Haiku post last September, how our smiles would be masked over now. Think about that as you read this, please, and contemplate deeply the effect of the loss of our smiles out there in the world. My words are unaltered from the original post before COVID-19, including the haiku, which interestingly includes the word “infectious”. Here it is again:

A smile is one of those powerful tools in our life toolbox, but sometimes we forget to use it. Distracted with our own thoughts, we easily disconnect into our own headspace. But a smile is a gift, a little piece of light and hope we can send out to others, and it does not cost us anything but a little conscious thought and effort. And before we know it, it becomes an easy habit.

Even if you don’t feel like it, send a smile to at least one stranger on your path today. Perhaps you won’t get one back; maybe that person is in a place that they are simply unable return it. But you gave them a little love offering, one that may positively impact them in ways you will never know. And that’s okay.

It is also as likely you will receive a smile back that will light up your own world, even just for a moment. Each smile is full of possibility, the potential to create something good. There is a reason smiles are curved. Yours and the ones you receive back make a circle, a never-ending ripple effect of infinite joy.

Smile, and spread some joy today.

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Smile | Spread Joy © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

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Travel | Culture and places, a world full of new faces. You discover you. | HartHaiku.com

Travel | To Discover You

The world is a mirror, and travel has this way of peeling back our hidden layers. It makes a lie out of some of the stories we’ve been telling ourselves, and it shines a light on good parts as yet undiscovered.

It challenges, grows, expands and inspires us in ways that we never expected. We lose ourselves; we find ourselves. We fall in love with the world.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ~ Anita Desai

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” ~ Wallace Stevens

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Mark Twain

“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~ Ruminator

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Division | Why must I choose so they can know whether to love me or hate me? | HartHaiku.com

Division | Our Choices

Yesterday a friend on social media posted her dismay that she had been attacked for being too nice. That’s right, too nice.

I suppose the world has arrived at a place where we must always choose a side, no matter the issue. If you’re too nice, clearly you’re not on the side of the haters.

While we are all consumed by news of a killer virus, the (perhaps) worst disease of all may extinguish humanity in its entirety, if we don’t put a stop to it.

The disease is called “my ego need to be right”. As long as we force each other to choose sides and then attack each other for those choices, there will never be any meeting ground for healing and building. We will constantly be stuck in a state of tearing down, doomed in a fatal downward spiral to a black void.

Imagine a time in future when aliens visit Earth, a beautiful place lush with flora and fauna, but strangely void of other life forms. And in their exploration of this lovely planet, they come upon a huge headstone that reads,

“Here lies Humanity. Sadly, they killed each other with their need to be right.”

Personally this is not a future vision that I want to see manifest. As Rumi said,

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing, there is a field.
 I’ll meet you there.
 When the soul lies down in that grass, 
the world is too full to talk about.”

Yes, we could make that choice to meet there, together. Imagine everyone on the same side, a unified commitment to constantly see, evaluate, and discuss many points of view, without judgement or a need to “have it all my way” or attack.

It would be a beginning…

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