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“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.” Henry Miller

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

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VALENTINE’S DAY: Happy Valentine’s Day! What do you know about Valentine’s Day? One thing I love about the month of February is that it pulls together a number of subjects that are dear to so many hearts. It’s Heart Health Month, Black History Month, Lovers Month, and also, Presidents Day falls in the same month reminding us that democracy and freedom of the press are paramount to the survival of global peace. On February 14th, in many countries around the world, lovers give gifts, cards and more yummy treats in celebration of the love they share. According to historical sources, this popular love-fest is held in remembrance of possibly three (3) martyred Saints named Valentine; a priest, a bishop, and a Christian missionary in Africa, and was created by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496. Yet, other accounts suggest Valentine’s Day is truly in observance of Lupercalia; an ancient rite of fertility and that any ties to the aforementioned saints are merely coincidental.

Some believe the tradition grew from the days of Claudius I and the sacrifice young men made in leaving for war instead of staying home to raise a family; the celebration honored a wish those left behind had for the safe return of their beloved. The wistful sentiments that arise on this day prevail as lovers return to share a gift or a special moment and memory with their beloved. How you choose to spend this day is entirely up to you. Yes, love ought to be an everyday affair but, take a moment to let your loved ones know you care by giving them an extra bit of attention. Please, don’t forget to indulge yourself a bit too. Self-care and loving others go hand in hand… Enjoy the life you have and LIVE! Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Valentine’s Day! ENJOY THE MUSIC! 😉

A Valentine – Poem by James Russell Lowell
Let others wonder what fair face
Upon their path shall shine,
And, fancying half, half hoping, trace
Some maiden shape of tenderest grace
To be their Valentine.

Let other hearts with tremor sweet
One secret wish enshrine
That Fate may lead their happy feet
Fair Julia in the lane to meet
To be their Valentine.

But I, far happier, am secure;
I know the eyes benign,
The face more beautiful and pure
Than fancy’s fairest portraiture
That mark my Valentine.

More than when first I singled, thee,
This only prayer is mine,-
That, in the years I yet shall see.
As, darling, in the past, thou’ll be
My happy Valentine.
James Russell Lowell via Poemhunter


The Gardener By Mary Oliver
Have I lived enough?
Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to any conclusion?
Have I experienced happiness with sufficient gratitude?
Have I endured loneliness with grace?

I say this, or perhaps I’m just thinking it.
Actually, I probably think too much.

Then I step out into the garden,
where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man,
is tending his children, the roses. via thenaturewithinus

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“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart


This Is Black History Month – The Untold Truth

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH: For those who don’t know why we celebrate this very important holiday, it is a time when black folks and all who appreciate BHM join forces to celebrate the history, culture, and rich heritage of this great community and people of diverse backgrounds; black history is celebrated here in the USA, in the diaspora, and globally. As early as 1919, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland started an organization dedicated to documenting the achievements of African Americans. By 1926, they created a Negro History week to complement the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The Civil Rights Movement propelled the idea even further and by 1976, President Gerald Ford declared February an official month honoring the History of Black people in the USA. When I think about the Civil Rights Movement and the tremendous strides black folks and, the many supporters who joined hands to win freedoms and rights in this great nation.

As we delve deeply into Black History Month, It is worth contemplating what this month means to us. Why is it important to celebrate your history and culture? Why is it important to celebrate mine? Same reason – so we can learn, grown and share our legacy with our children and loved ones. This is a terrific time to revisit some very important and helpful information that we could all use.

Still I Rise – Poem by Maya Angelou
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
Maya Angelou via Poemhunter

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“In February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret.” Patience Strong

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart


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Heart Health Month:  Happy Heart Health Month! As you might already know, our health is our wealth. Without good health, our quality of life is diminished and getting adequate care could simply bankrupt so many of us. Staying healthy, especially heart-healthy, requires changes in our lifestyle, proper diet, exercise, and less stress. Another important factor is to make sure to get regular checkups. As a survivor, I would be remiss if I don’t mention that since some of us are born with congenital heart conditions, getting regular checkups could save your life. I was in great shape, had a comfortable lifestyle, eat healthy natural foods and almost died from heart failure. I was born with an undiagnosed condition and my doctors told me that my healthy lifestyle helped keep me alive but… I still needed check-ups, a diagnosis, and open-heart surgery to survive. Take your health and checkups seriously.

Additionally, get a second opinion if you receive a health diagnosis that gives you pause. Unless we stay actively involved in advocating for our own health and the health of loved ones, we run the risk of not getting the full picture of treatments and key evaluations of our condition. Fundamental to all the advice we see and read during this special Heart Heath Month, getting fit is imperative. According to the American Heart Association, there are many reasons why getting fit and maintaining a healthy level of activity is imperative. Why is physical activity so important for health and well-being? Physical activity helps us stay motivated to achieve our personal and professional goals. It can lift our mood, help us stay mentally/physically fit and keep the doctor at bay with reduced incidences of ill health. What does being active do for us? AHA gave us 5 solid reasons to be active:

  • lower your blood pressure
  • boost your levels of good cholesterol
  • improve blood flow (circulation)
  • keep your weight under control
  • prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis

It doesn’t take much to figure out why, every year, the most important theme for Heart Health month is staying fit.


Richard Siegel – A Poem About Heart Disease
What will be in my next 50 years of life
I sure don’t know but I got
The chance cause this little
Incision of the knife
So thank you loved ones you know
Who you are
I’m just a funny guy maybe a little bizarre
Who wants to bring
Joy to everyone I’ve found
Making the world a better place giving it a peaceful loving sound
I have a new chance and though I have to heal
A few months of a long
Life is not a big deal
But I will continue to take each seed of love and let it grow
And bring that with me everywhere I go.
Richard Siegel via

Heart Attack – Poem by Gert Strydom
What a strange and terrible thing
that brings terror to a person,

where you cannot breathe,
while such an odd feel and nausea do remain,

the left side right through the chest and heart does pain,
when that pain does not disappear in the chest, back, and arm

in a moment my whole life turns around before me
and when the world goes back to its normal way

I am afraid that I will lose you so suddenly,
wherein me only remains a hell of powerlessness,

where I know that I am not finished with my poems,
where I am searching for more intense light as darkness is coming

and I am strong, fit, have got low cholesterol
of the thing that is life I am full

but by mere blood pressure, this thing hits me
with which everything just like this can come to an end,

where I wonder about everything, about which life is,
over the days of my own existence,

where you and the things of my life do become lovelier
and in joy, I know that God does pour out his mercy over me.
© Gert Strydom via PoemHunter


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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JAN – FEB 2020 are:

01/01 – 01 HAPPY NEW YEAR!,
01/05 – 05 Golden Globes Awards, 06 Epiphany,  11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/12 – 12 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Orthodox New Year, 16 Religious Freedom Day, 18 PGA Awards, Winnie the Pooh Day
01/19 – 20
01/29 – 30 TBD


02/01 – 01 World Read Aloud Day
02/02 – 02 Ground Hog Day, 04 World Cancer Day,  06 Zero Tolerance for FGM, 07 National Wear Red Day
02/09 – 09 Academy Awards, 11 Women and Girls in Science Day, 13 Galentine’s  Day, 14 Valentine’s Day
02/16 – 17 Presidents Day, 18 Drink Wine Day, 20 World Day of Social Justice
02/23 – 25 Mardi Gras, 26 Ash Wednesday


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“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” William Cullen Bryant


Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart


Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart

Motivation 2020: Heart to Heart


Presidents’ Day Facts For Kids

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PRESIDENTS’ DAY: What does this special day mean to you? For those of us who live in democratic nations, it is easy to take our advantages for granted and dismiss our rights and responsibilities as citizens. Living in a country where you have the right to vote is a great privilege and should not be wasted. So, when we think about Presidents day and all that comes with that leadership role, we must exercise our rights to ensure that we are heard and that our offspring will benefit from decisions made by our elected officials. In America, we celebrate all of our presidents because, in some way, they have all contributed something to this nation. Their decisions have impacted our lives and we must protect our rights by staying informed and involved in the process.

If you are wondering about the origins of this special federal holiday and why it is called Presidents Day, I’m here to help you with a brief history. First of all, it was a special day to honor the birthday of our first president –  George Washington  Over time, it evolved to become a celebration in honor of two of America’s greatest Presidents; George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1968,  the 90th Congress voted to shift three federal holidays, including George Washington’s Birthday to the 3rd Monday of February. This move led to the creation of a new holiday – Presidents’ Day. Today, instead of celebrating the lives of two presidents, we honor and celebrate all of them. Stay informed and engaged. knowledge is power.


Let America Be America Again – Poem by Langston Hughes
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed–
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek–
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean–
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today–O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home–
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay–
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again–
The land that never has been yet–
And yet must be–the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME–
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose–
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath–
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain–
All, all the stretch of these great green states–
And make America again!
Langston Hughes via Poemhunter

I’m Not Just February – by Annette Wynne
I’m not just February
With winds that blow
All day, and piled-up snow;
I’m Washington and Lincoln, too,
Who kept our country’s flag for you!
I’m Valentine of airy grace—
With golden hearts and hearts of lace
And pretty cards that people send,
Quite as a secret, to a friend.
Though I am short of days and small,
I’m quite a big month, after all!
Annette Wynne via discoverpoetry
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Positive Motivation Tip: The heart is our most precious muscular organ. Nurture, Protect, and Love it.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dasha permalink
    14/02/2020 7:12 am

    This was a fun read since it’s Valentine’s Day today! thanks for the fun blog.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      14/02/2020 7:35 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your feedback. Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  2. Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
    14/02/2020 8:55 am

    How and What are you celebrating this month? Remember to love someone today. It’s never too late. Have you?

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