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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

Gift | Of  your time © Susan L Hart 2019

 

Meaning | Life rushes by us, at eighty we look back and we ask ourselves "Why?" | HartHaiku.com

Meaning | Of your life

You came here to make music, to sing your song, that song that only you can create, the one that is uniquely You. Have you really let loose and had the courage to sing your song yet?

Unless we are naturally musical, most of us are shy to sing out boldly. We worry that we won’t do it well, we’ll sing off key, we’ll look stupid, people will judge us. Your song, is of course, a metaphor for your sense of purpose, the joy in fulfilling what is uniquely you, expressing that special spark within you.

We must, must, must have the courage to “look stupid”! Stupid is subjective; it’s just someone else’s opinion, or, the consensual opinion of society. And the people who would judge and deride us for not doing it “right” are the ones who don’t have the courage to sing their own song. Their point of power is to keep everyone around them the same, so they can feel okay about that.

I’m currently reading a wonderful book called Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s a memoir of the special relationship between a professor and one of his favorite students, Mitch Albom (the author). Morrie is dying, in his 70’s, from ALS. They meet every Tuesday for 14 weeks, before Morrie dies, to talk about what (from Morrie’s point of view, looking in the rear view mirror), makes life fulfilling and meaningful. If you like to read inspirational books, I highly recommend it!

Think about your song, that music that is running around inside of you, crying to come out. Can you feel it? Are you ready to sing it? You owe it to yourself to do so. Because whether you know it or not, your song is the world’s light. And, having the courage to sing it is a huge part of your soul’s growth.

I guarantee, from the point of view of 80 (or whatever age) with death impending, it will make you very sad if you realize that you didn’t sing your song during your allocated time here.

And you will ask yourself, “Why?”

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Susan L Hart Author

Meaning | Of your life © Susan L Hart 2019

Lifetime | Your life is precious, so spend your moments wisely. Tick-tock, tick-tock, oops they're gone! | HartHaiku.com

Lifetime | Cherish now

“Time is the school in which we learn, Time is the fire in which we burn” are the profound last lines of the poem, Calmly We Walk through This April’s Day, by Delmore Schwartz. It’s a beautiful philosophical ponderation on the passage of time, with a particularly great wrap-up last stanza.

The seconds, minutes, hours tick away relentlessly. Our lives are busy, and inundated with many distractions and responsibilities. Lately I’m looking at my age and the years that have passed, and thinking, “Wow! It’s going faster than I ever could have imagined at age 18.”

Realistically, we don’t have time to sit around and ponder endlessly about the value of time and our lives. But, it’s useful to carve out a little time (from time to time) for such introspection. Because your life IS precious, and the clock IS ticking. Ask yourself in this moment, are you spending it the way you would really like to? In reply to that, I will close with the beginning lines of my own poem, called Tick-tock Madman:

That round evil man
with his shallow pretty face
leers from my wall.
Cruelly and incessantly
he chips away at my life
with his sharp little pick-axe.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

My days mete out
in an endless dribble of
task and responsibilities.
And he watches me.
Be on time, get it right!
Get up again, do it again.
And again, and again, and again.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

The rest of the poem here:  Tick-tock Madman.  Food for ponderation, when you have time.

Susan L Hart Author

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Today | Start of a new day. Have you given your thoughts space to bring good to you? | HartHaiku.com

Today | Your time & worth

Today there are the three powerful little ideas wrapped up in my haiku: Time, thought, and your worth.

Time: Do you fully embrace each day? We know we are mortal (and our ego fears it), but, we still tend to live life as though we have an endless supply of days. You have the choice, right now, to make the most of today. Wring every beautiful moment out of it that you can. Because when it’s over, today is not coming around again. Don’t miss out on anything that you could enjoy, embrace, love, or learn right now. Fully immerse yourself in your life. A movie that drives this idea home brilliantly is About Time. If you haven’t seen it, try to.

Thought: Is your mind consumed with your to-do list the second you wake up? Do your thoughts dwell too often on problems, your personal ones and those of the world? Is there any time today reserved for contemplation, introspection, gratitude for the good things you already have in your life? (Gratitude expands abundance.) And perhaps most importantly, mindful intention to create your ideal life? If not, I strongly urge you to make space for those.

Your worth: Do you even believe that you deserve to have good things come your way? You do. If you don’t believe it, long term you have some internal work to do. But in the meantime, I’ll bet you have at least one champion in your life – you know, a person who believes in you, when you can’t or won’t believe in yourself – that loves you enough to talk you through this. Connect with that person, somehow or some way, even if it’s for just a quick “Hi”. Today, surround yourself with your champions. (And don’t forget to express gratitude and take an interest in their lives too. A balanced life involves mutual exchange.)

Today is all we’ve really got. Please, hear the call, pick up the ball, and run as fast as you can towards your happiness.

Today.

Susan L Hart Author

Today © Susan L Hart 2019