Gratitude begins in our hearts and then dovetails into behavior. It almost always makes you willing to be of service, which is where the joy resides. It means you are willing to stop being such a jerk. When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and in the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back. –Anne Lamott from Help, Thanks, Wow
Here’s the first post in this series: Hearthstones.
Play is the highest form of research. –Albert Einstein
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct. –Carl Jung
What’s fun for other people may not be fun for you–and vice versa. –Gretchen Rubin
What’s fun for you??
Me at a group painting class.
You can read about these #tinyheart posts here.
When I saw this heart, I immediately knew I would share something about the magical process of a becoming a butterfly. In searching, I found this poignant poem. The author wrote, “I wrote this for me…but it feels like it was meant for you too. If you know someone else who needs this, please pass it on.” How generous! Please visit her blog Spirit Moves Dance or find her on Facebook.
by Meg Goodmanson
It will not always feel good,
This stretching beyond the boundaries of the known,
It will not always feel safe,
This learning and relearning of your own abilities
This reexamining of beliefs
This pushing of envelopes
This breaking through enclosing walls.
You will shiver.
You will doubt.
You will want to run home.
Back behind walls of safety.
This walk to the edge will not
Feel good, safe, or comfortable,
But there is no faster way to learn.
There is no other way to grow.
So step out.
Leave your home base
Your comfort zone
Acknowledge the fear and discomfort
But step out all the same.
With each step you take,
Your world expands
Your caterpillar mind will
Strain to comprehend the unbounded vastness of the sky.
Unfurl your wings.
photo by Greg Markway