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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.

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Today | Your Time & Worth © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

Seeing | Beauty beholder, open your eyes wide, look deep. It's everywhere. | HartHaiku.com

Seeing | The Beauty

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” These words from Plato may be one of the most quoted phrases ever. It has morphed more commonly into, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Either way, we all know its meaning. One person’s idea of beauty may differ widely from another person. We look, judge, categorize and label everything around us.

Perhaps we all see everything through a pinhole lens. My Hart Haiku post Beauty Defined | How We See delves into the attributes we immediately assign to that which we find beautiful or ugly. One of our challenges is to broaden our perspective; it makes for a richer life experience.

Startlingly, I realized during my travels that I DO have an unconscious rating system for landscapes. That’s right, the scenery I see around me. You see, I’m an artist of landscapes. A certain picture of “beautiful” has evolved in me for many years.

How did that change? I began to travel. I removed myself from seeing the same old view, over and over again. Particularly a little dirt road in Australia taught me about seeing beauty in a broader way. The full story at my Susan L Hart post: Seeing Beauty in Australia

Beauty beholder,
open your eyes wide, look deep.
It’s everywhere.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Each person is worth the value put on them by the affection of others, and that is where popular wisdom has found that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” ~ Machado de Assis

“Beauty begins in the eyes of the beholder; Reality ends in the mind of the observer.” ~ Joey Lawsin

“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Most of my beholders are blind.” ~ Basith

“The beauty of life is in the eye of the beholder. Open your minds eye and see the true beauty of life. Rid yourself of the negative, and rejoice in love and consciousness.” ~ Kenneth G. Ortiz

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Seeing | The Beauty © Susan L Hart 2019, 2020

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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Travel | To Discover You © Susan L Hart 2020

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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

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