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Power of Words | Your words are your own, you can make or break with them, so speak them wisely. | HartHaiku.com

Power of Words | Speak wisely

Words are potent, therefore it behooves us to choose and use them wisely. In this muddled up, confused and too-often-angry world, sometimes we feel powerless to change it in any significant, positive way. However our words, over which we have sole control and responsibility, are one way we can do that.

More at my Hart Quill post: The sacred Hawaiian word “Aloha”

Inspirational Words Quotes:

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

“A word after a word after a word is power.” ~ Margaret Atwood

“silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation.” ~ Rumi

“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” ~ Edgar Allen Poe

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Happy | Are you?

The ever-elusive quest for happiness. Western society programs us to yearn for external stuff to be happy. When we have approval from others, that new computer game, the bigger house,… then we’ll be happy. Or so we think.

I grew up in a generation where moms actually did say, “Eat your broccoli, there are kids starving in Biafra”. Guilt management of children and eating their vegetables aside, they had a point. In a backhanded, control freak sort of way, they were also trying to teach us about gratitude.

If traveling the world (particularly Asia and South America) has shown me anything, it is that poverty exists on a scale that I could not have imagined at age 25, let alone age 7. There are multitudes in the world who yearn for the simple basics: Food, potable water, adequate shelter.

Always striving for “bigger, better, faster” on which to build our house of happiness, in fact dooms us to eternal unhappiness. We build on shifting sand. When we reach a solid place of feeling internal wholeness and peace without any of the “add-ons” (Would you like to upgrade your fast food today?), then true, sustainable happiness is possible.

Happiness is a state of mind, and a choice, at any given moment. It’s not a destination.

Inspirational Quotes:

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

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Stereotypes | Labels condemn us to limited perception. See past your bias. | HartHaiku.com

Stereotypes | View beyond

Stereotypes propagate a full spectrum of negative, divisive and destructive effects. We know the usual ones, based on race, color, gender, economics, political affiliation, etc. The list is long and goes on.

It is a challenge for each of us, every day, to see past and overcome the stereotypes we carry within us. Otherwise, how will we ever bridge to a world based on tolerance and understanding?

Inspirational Quotes:

“….. it would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.”  ~ Malcolm Gladwell

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Once you label me you negate me.” ~ Søren Kierkegaard

“A stereotype becomes a stereotype when a significant percentage of the population appears to conform to it.” ~ Kelley Armstrong

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Unlock the Door | Hate sentences us to a cold locked down prison. Love forges the key. | HartHaiku.com

Unlock the Door | Hate & Love

What could I ever say about hate and love that would rival the words of one of the greatest visionaries for humanity, Martin Luther King Jr.? The below quotes are reminders from this great man. And make no mistake, this post is not meant to be simply a commentary about rascism. It is broader than that.

We all grapple with the dark nights of our own souls. Hate has the potential to rear its ugly head in various situations, small to big. And, each of us holds the key to overcome the world’s hate. It is not in “someone else’s hands”. Unless we overcome our own darkness, the world will not be survive its darkness.

Inspirational Martin Luther King quotes:

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.”

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Instant Gratification | True self-fulfillment can't be purchased with money. The real stuff takes work. | HartHaiku.com

Instant Gratification | The lie

Inspirational Quotes:

“Because money permits a constant stream of luxuries and indulgences, it can take away their savor, and by permitting instant gratification, money shortcuts the happiness of anticipation. Scrimping, saving, imagining, planning, hoping – these stages enlarge the happiness we feel.”  ~ Gretchen Rubin

“The problem of society today: An absolute lifestyle of entitlement. People gauge everything by “feeling”, meaning whatever they feel like doing or whatever they don’t feel like doing. Passion is valued over dedication. Instant gratification is prized over true fulfillment. They don’t know that more than feeling; intuition is the better key. They don’t know that more than passion; fulfillment and dedication are the better keys. True passion will produce dedication and ultimately, fulfillment. If not, then it should not be called passion; it should just be called a lack of self control/ immaturity.”  ~ C. JoyBell C.

“It’s often suggested that as a culture, we’re only interested in immediate gratification. Fast food. Self-checkout. Downloadable music, movies, books. Instant coffee, instant rebates, instant messaging. Instant weight loss! Shall I go on?” ~ Stephanie Perkins

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Free Mind | Freedom starts with thought. The answer is within you, unshackle your mind. | HartHaiku.com

Free Mind | Path to freedom

We live in an information society unprecedented in history. Constantly bombarded with images and words from radio, television, print media, and the Internet, we have scarcely a moment of quiet solitude to hear our own inner voices. And therefore by extension, to be in touch with our innate wisdom. Whatever our conscious minds are not aware of, or care not to deal with in the moment, our subconscious is absorbing and filing away. Let’s face it; there are many external forces at work vying for a piece of our minds.

We cannot be autonomous, free-thinking individuals who rule our own thoughts and beliefs unless we (a) apply discernment to what information sources we give our conscious attention to, (b) apply critical thinking to information we take in, rather than just accepting it at face value, (c) commit to decoupling from media channels that knowingly apply negative subconscious programming, and (d) combine thoughtful analysis with our feeling awareness of the truth.

More here: Owning Your Thoughts

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