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Viral Song | Italy's streets ring with musical joy tonic, fortifying hearts. | HartHaiku.com

Viral Song | Heart of Italy

Italy’s rebuttal to COVID-19? Their war cry against the invisible enemy is being heard loud and clear across Italy in the form of song. The message? “You are hurting us, but you will NEVER defeat our spirit!”

Would you like to hear for yourself? It will lift your heart and confirm your faith in the indomitable human spirit.  Check out the full story and the video at the link below (and there are links to more videos in the article). It started in one neighborhood, and the Italian call for resilience has gone viral across the country.

Coronavirus: Residents across Italy sing from windows and balconies to boost lockdown morale

The streets of Italy are not empty; they are filling with song. The hearts of Italians are not empty; they are choosing to express joy.  Music has built a bridge between fear and determination. Thank you, dear Italy, for setting such a wonderful example of strength in the face of uncertainty and loss.

Inspirational Quotes:

“The human spirit is as expansive as the cosmos. This is why it is so tragic to belittle yourself or to question your worth. No matter what happens, continue to push back the boundaries of your inner life. The confidence to prevail over any problem, the strength to overcome adversity and unbounded hope – all reside within you.” ~ Daisaku Ikeda

“That’s it. Love makes us all strong.” ~ E.A. Bucchianeri

“Everything can be taken from you in a second, but the human spirit is so strong. War can teach you so much about evil, and so much about good.” ~ Zainab Salbi

“One thing I’ve learnt about humans: you can’t judge their strength by the size of their actions, but by the devotion of an act, no matter how small.” ~ Dianna Hardy

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Viral Song | Heart of Italy © Susan L Hart 2020

Roadblocks | The road before me beckons with fervent promise, but fear holds me back. | HartHaiku.com

Roadblocks | We Build

Roadblocks we encounter out in the world are meant to protect us. These physical barriers at the very least keep us from wasting our time or damaging our vehicles. In the extreme, they might even keep us from being killed. Since someone else put them there for our safety, we tend to respect them and stay away.

But what about the roadblocks we create for ourselves? These are built in the mind, and again, we put them in place for protection. We build barriers to keep at bay what is too scary to explore. But, are they keeping us too safe?

Logic may tell us that certain risks may be too great to move ahead. Yes, we need to analyze new situations and evaluate the pros and cons properly. Avoiding some of them may be the only common sense thing to do.

But sometimes our logic is our enemy. While it is telling us “no”, deep within there is an undeniable flutter of excitement. Our intuition is saying, “yes, yes, yes, this feels a little scary, but boy, do I ever want to try it”! Those are the moments when we need to stop being quite so cautious, and allow ourselves to explore down that unknown road.

Otherwise, what is life for really? Adventure, learning, expansion, growth… The view and rewards on the other side of your roadblocks may absolutely amaze you!

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Roadblocks | We Build © Susan L Hart

Transcendental | Nature

My grandmother raved many times to me about the majestic Rocky Mountains of Canada. She was a woman whose soul deeply craved travel and adventure, but alas, her life circumstances largely prevented it.

However, a one-time serendipitous trip to those mountains became indelibly imprinted on her heart. For the rest of her life, she held the vision and feeling of that place within her like a precious gold nugget. It fed her soul. She called the Rockies “God’s country”.

Transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau would agree with my grandmother. When we really tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) which breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and remember the infinite nature of who we really are.

The divine is evident in the tiny dragonfly, but sometimes it takes a mighty mountain to awaken our souls. When we gaze upward at those magnificent rock faces, we feel small and big, all at the same time. The sublime grandeur within and without is undeniable. If such a thing as this exists in the world, then surely anything must be possible. And indeed, it is.

Take a moment to read the few quotes by Emerson and Thoreau, then enter the photo and imagine drifting on that tranquil lake in the tiny red canoe. No phones, no crowds, no stress, just blessed beauty, solitude and peace, the fullness of nature.

Do you hear your soul singing yet?

Inspirational Quotes by Emerson & Thoreau:

“In the woods is perpetual youth. In the woods we return to faith and reason.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have a room all to myself; it is nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good things are wild and free.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Transcendental | Nature © Susan L Hart 2020 – Dedicated to Frances

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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Live Boldly | With courage © Susan L Hart 2019