This blog is all about the health of your heart. And not from a physical or diet perspective, but from a heart-and-soul perspective.
I heard a question recently that transformed the way I interact with those I love most in my life. Frankly, it changed how I interact with EVERYBODY.
My perspective shifted when I heard this:
Talk about perspective shift.
For me, when I heard this, it didn’t mean I needed to hop on a plane and head to an orphanage in South Africa. I needed something immediate and tactile.
It meant smiling to people who I passed on the street. It meant engaging with my aging grandmother in a more compassionate way. It meant hugging my children in the mornings and looking them in the eyes and telling them I loved them. It meant recognizing the gift of a fantastic spouse, and telling him so. It meant living as a brighter light so that all who encountered me on a daily basis were a little bit lighter because of our interaction.
Love in the most visceral of ways; living daily with my highest possible self, each moment.
Love really is the most important thing, isn’t it? When everything else is washed away, when we fade into dust, what will be left? The way we loved. That’s what will bring a warm feeling to the people we touched here on earth.
It’s not an easy proposition, to live as if this were our last day on earth. It takes bravery, and not because it requires briefly, for a few seconds, that we face our own mortality. Rather, it takes courage because we must rewrite the way we’ve always done things. It takes boldness to love others in such a complete and total way, all the time, every day.
But, try it.
When you wake up in the morning, take a moment to pause, and to ask yourself, “Who would I be, how would I act and respond today if it were my last day on earth?”
I was surprised to find that this changed my daily interactions dramatically, and challenged me to live life at a higher, more meaningful level. Give it a go!
Wishing you all the best,
I love this woman and the books she left behind for the world.
I was reading from her Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts & Reflections, and came across this quote, which touched my soul:
"My faith is not a magic charm, like garlic to chase away vampires. It is, instead, what sustains me in the midst of all the normal joys and tragedies of the ordinary human life."
So lovely. So true.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday!
"Where life is possible, a right life is possible."
The quote below is my life motto of sorts.
“There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with good will for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow. To live continually in thoughts of ill will, cynicism, suspicions, and envy, is to be confined in a self-made prison hole. But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all—such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor.” –James Allen
"As you go the way of life, you will come to a great chasm.
It’s not as big as you think."
-Native American Proverb
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney
Let's live it out people, LIVE IT OUT. These words from Mr. Disney are TRUE. And REAL.
“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” –Maya Angelou
This is so true!! I love this beautiful lady.
CHECK OUT HIS QUOTE, let it soak into your bones:
“It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though limits to our abilities do not exist. We are collaborators in creation.” - Teilhard de Chardin
To this, I say: Amen brother.
“To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet
"Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great."
-- Orison Swett Marden