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Live Boldly | Dig for your daring when faced with new challenges, daring begets growth. | HartHaiku.com

Live Boldly | With courage

Life is full of choices. Some are small, others large. And the big ones inevitably present us with trials that embody one fear or another. Based on my experiences, I believe that facing our fears and moving through them does in fact help us to build a “courage arsenal”.
More at today’s HartQuill post: Building your Courage Arsenal

Inspirational Quotes:

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ~ John A. Shedd

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin


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Harmony | With intention

What a wonderful vision, a more harmonious world. Let’s not let go of that. Sometimes it’s discouraging to me though, to see how increasingly divisive the world is becoming. Does it feel that way for you too?

Intention is the key word in this haiku. Without humanity’s intention to create it, more harmony will never happen. Intention requires seeing the other point of view, extending an olive branch, forgiveness and understanding, and cooperation. These seem in short supply in the world at large today. The mandate seems more like “make war to have peace”, and, “see it my way or die”.

What happened to the middle ground? Can we find it? Or is humanity completely lost?

Every group has its own “group think”, be it small or large. Attitudes in large corporations tend to be “top to bottom”. So the thinking is created by management, and filters downward.

But how about “bottom to top”? As individuals we have great power to create positive change with our own thoughts, intentions, and actions. It can begin with us. But, bottom to top will require that we practice autonomous critical thinking, and see beyond the group think. That’s where the new vision is to be found.


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Tears | Rain drops from heaven, for the hearts of her children, Pachamama cries. | HartHaiku.com

Tears | Pachamama cries

Around the world, there are many names given to Mother Nature by the indigenous peoples. High in the Andes mountains, her name is Pachamama. She is the provider for the people, her children.

In all indigenous cultures, respect for Earth and all that she provides is a fundamental principle. And, the belief that we should care and provide for her as much as she does for us. The essential word for this is “reciprocity”, that is, mutual benefit.

The problem in modern societies is that we have lost that fundamental concept of reciprocity. We became a “me society”, self-centered and competitive. Life became about appearing to be the most successful, to accumulate the best things in order to feed our egos, and the corporations supported and encouraged it.

We cannot lay blame. We have free will, and we are responsible too. So I ask you, what are we going to do about this? We must first ask ourselves, what is it that we really value in life?

For example, this morning I read about Sweden’s progressive advancements with recycling. Their system is not perfect; technological advancements take time and money. However, they cite the collective mindset of the Swedes as playing a big part in their successes. The people are on board.

Yes, our mindsets, attitudes, intentions and actions DO make a difference!


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No | Two little letters, seemingly innocuous, but with a big punch. | HartHaiku.com

No | Word of the day

The people, it would seem, have had enough. All across the planet we are seeing an increase in uprisings and protests. The little word “no” is spreading like a virus.

The people are tired of many things, but, at the root of it all is the gradual loss of higher principles in our societies. Important ideals like truth, integrity and responsibility are landing on the garbage heap. And people don’t like it. Deep down they know, these fundamental principles (and others) are the foundation of a good society.

The wind of change is blowing, and it carries on it the word “No”. It’s time for a new vision, a new way of being.

Inspirational Quotes:

“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.” ~ Ernst Fischer

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” ~ Tom Schulman

“Civil unrest occurs when the feelings of overwhelming powerlessness hit critical mass.” ~ Michael Connelly


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