“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” Albert Einstein
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love. Lao Tzu
What really matters to you? What truly counts? If all the glitz and glamor are swept away, and you must turn to what will sustain you, what will you choose? What counts for you? Kindness, Life, Love, Laughter, Longevity…? Health, Happiness, Home and Hearth…? Friends, Family, Funds, Fame…? Drop the shame of failure… We all fail at something. You count. Your Heart Knows What Counts…
“When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.” Khalil Gibran
Nothing you love is lost. Not really.
Things, people –
they always go away, sooner or later.
You can’t hold them,
any more than you can hold moonlight.
But if they’ve touched you, if they’re inside you,
then they’re still yours.
The only things you ever really have
are the ones you hold inside your heart. Bruce Coville
We all want to be loved and respected for who we are and as we are; flaws and all… and that is fine. But we must love and respect ourselves first; hold love inside our hearts. Seek a higher, spirit love. The rest is fleeting. Your Heart Knows What Counts…
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
To turn our lives around demands standing in the glaring light of truth about who we are and be at peace with it. Be kind to others but stand in your own shoes. Many are swayed by a mob mentality and follow blindly, like the misconceived idea of lemming “mass suicide,” for fear of being ignored or not liked. But which truly matters? Living your vision or living another person’s dreams and decisions? Your Heart Knows What Counts…
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” E. E. Cummings
To find the best in others,
to appreciate beauty,
to laugh often and much,
to leave the world a little bit better,
whether by a healthy child or garden patch,
to know one life has breathed easier because you lived,
this is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Encouragement, laughter, love, compassion, kindness, appreciation, gratitude, and giving others the benefit of the doubt enrich us as much as it enriches others. Cancel out the noise and choose how you use your gifts to help others… many approaches exist. Your Heart Knows What Counts… To create your own photo collages, go to pixlr express. More below!
“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” Dale Carnegie
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love. Khalil Gibran
One of my favorite yoga master teachers used to say, “Make friends with your mind… Love your mind. Nurture it. Love your heart. Nurture it.” Our mind is powerful and it can help us cross the bridge of self doubt and suffering. Our heart is even more powerful and it can reveal, achieve everything in us if we listen to it; first we must fully connect with our vision. What is your VISION? Your Heart Knows What Counts…
“Please watch out for each other and forgive everybody. It’s a good life. Enjoy it.” Jim Henson
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong,
enough sorrow to keep you human,
enough hope to make you happy. Anon
Each day I awake to meet my obligations, it is my prayer that I listen to my heart and use my head to honor what truly matters. I have my path and you have yours, but one thing we share is that Our Hearts Know What Counts. Have a blessed weekend! What are your thoughts? What truly counts for you? What do you do to clarify your vision? How often do you remember to administer loving self-care? What tips would you offer others? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: In the midst of the noise is a still, small voice. It speaks from our heart and encourages us to be bold and follow our own path; the road not taken. Don’t be afraid to stand in your own light even if others reject it. It is YOUR light and your peace of mind will be assured so don’t ignore it. Your Heart Knows What Counts… Keep what counts!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos are from my personal collection.
- Inspiration: Beauty Tips For The Soul… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Heart Quotes (culturalcreativestimes.wordpress.com)
- Khalil Gibran on Love (universalwordsofinspiration.wordpress.com)
- Reflections: Three Passions… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Actively Pursue Your Happiness (miss-imperfect.com)
- Your Children by Khalil Gibran (lizawrites.wordpress.com)
- The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (darchwonders.wordpress.com)
- Sunday poetry night – Khalil Gibran (smellsgoodfeelsgood.wordpress.com)
- “And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” -Khalil Gibran (quarterforherthoughts.com)
- Thought Of The Day… Khalil Gibran (inkarasworld.com)