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Gift | Of Time & People

Back around mid-December, if we’d had future vision and known how 2020 would unfold, would we have been making different choices for our lives? I wrote the thoughts in this post on Dec. 13th and they’re more pertinent than ever:

“Right at this moment, there are thousands of people hitting the stores to find that perfect gift for their friends and loved ones. And over the coming days, it will reach a crushing crescendo.

For people who already have money concerns (and there are a burgeoning number of those, except in the very upper echelons of society), this can create a lot of stress. The pressure of meeting holiday expectations that hinge on dollars spent is tremendous.

Our time is like gold

Perhaps we’re doing it wrong. The commodity that cannot be purchased or replaced with money is our time. This precious moment, that will never come round again, is like gold.

But we don’t really stop to think about that, at least not very often. Life is busy. We think we are managing our time efficiently, jotting off quick messages on our phones in a nanosecond, racking up our “likes” on social media. But how much true quality attention do we put into our relationships, day-to-day?

The gift of our time and attention

Perhaps our time is the most precious gift we can give this holiday season and in fact, any time. And by that I mean, real, quality, undistracted time, being fully present with our family and friends, really seeing them and hearing them.

(I realize of course that many people have family “across the miles”, and it may not be possible to connect in shared personal space. In that case, technology is a valuable lifeline to say hello.)

Embrace the opportunity of now

When it’s all said and done, mostly we won’t remember the nifty material gifts we gave or received over the years. But, we will remember the faces of people we love, special moments we spent with them, and how that made us feel.

And come the day when they aren’t with us anymore, we’ll wish we had more time with them. Just one more moment to give a hug, just one more chance to say ‘I love you, you are important to me’.”

Now, six months after the fact, perhaps that may be the best silver lining in the dark cloud of COVID-19. We will most likely never again take our personal time with our family and friends for granted, too often putting it off to tomorrow.

In the final analysis, this wisdom bought at so high a cost of lost moments may be the best gift we receive in 2020.

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Inspirational Quote:

…”Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.” ~ Bob Moorehead, Words Aptly Spoken  .

Gift | Of Time & People © Susan L Hart 2020

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The Present | This day is but once, unwrap it with intention to live it fully. | HartHaiku.com

The Present | Live It

Each day given to us is a gift, and particularly when we share it with people we love. Today’s post is a message of gratitude for all that is good in our lives.

There is beauty and sacredness to be found in every single day, when we choose to live life that way. It’s the small things all around us, all the time, that give life its true magic.

Look for the magic in your day, today. This particular day will come to you but once. It is a present, so show up and be present in it. Unwrap your gift of life intentionally and with gratitude.

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” ~ Stephen Chbosky

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Black & White | Duality trap, endless spiral of hate thoughts, malignant abyss. | HartHaiku.com

Black & White | Duality

Here we are, once again, faced with in an extreme example of the duality of our three-dimensional world. Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

What were once thought to be the worst race riots in U.S. history occurred during the 1960’s. (The spiral of time has unfortunately brought Americans around again to a place where those U.S. riots may be outdone, triggered by an abuse of police power that killed one black man, George Floyd.) The major 60’s riots are outlined here: Race Riots of the 1960s. Notably at the end of the article, I find this quote:

“The race riots of the 1960s led President Johnson to establish a National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders in 1967… There is little evidence that serious efforts were made to correct the problems raised by the commission. The Johnson administration, and those that followed, viewed the riots as law-enforcement problems rather than signs of social imbalance.”

There comes a point (and this may be it), where we have to admit to ourselves that social imbalances are increasingly causing chaos in our world. This current example is the U.S., but in 2019, we saw a rise in serious protests in various countries worldwide. It just happens that the ones in the U.S. are dominating the news at the moment. We should all be concerned about this worldwide trend.

Seeing the Duality of Our Own Nature

We as a collective seem to have the inability to adopt wider perspectives; we become too entrenched in our duality thinking, the need to adhere to one point of view. We observe the hatred “outside of us”, but it is part and parcel of not just the collective, but ourselves. Our souls came here to learn and grow within the duality of our own nature. One of our big lessons is the path towards loving better.

A revered leader in the 60’s was, of course, Martin Luther King Jr. There are many great visionary quotes by him. The thing I love about his words is this. They do not focus on the political arena or drill down to details, but rather they express a higher vision of what we are capable of as individuals, and as part of humanity.

It’s time to take a look not at just at what is wrong with the society external to us, but, how we each can become better human beings to contribute positively to our society. It’s time to pull ourselves out of the malignant duality abyss, heart by heart, and reach for the light.

Martin Luther King Jr. Inspirational Quotes:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“The day we see the truth and cease to speak is the day we begin to die.”

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

“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.”

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Our Stories | Words woven in time, threads of our humanity, written by each soul. | HartHaiku.com

Our Stories | Our Humanity

We make sense of life through our stories. Life is mysterious, scary, wonderful, big – replete with challenges, stumbling blocks, triumphs, sorrow and joy – and we feel a deep need to put it into words. As Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”.

When another person listening to our own story looks into our eyes and nods, we feel that we are coming home, the challenges are surmountable, and it will all be alright. We feel understood in our journey.

The Bigger Story of Humanity

As for the bigger story of humanity, just look around and ask, “What kind of story are we currently collectively writing?” What kinds of words describe this story? Is it a story we will be proud to pass onto future generations? Or, not so much?

On the face of it, the big picture story being written right now is fraught with pain and divisiveness. This story is not unified, nor is it a pretty one. On the other hand, there is an undercurrent of a blossoming at hand. The thin veneer of society is cracking. Some of our old beliefs and protocols are no longer sustainable in an awakening humanity.

We each contribute to The Big Story

Are we not all ready for a new story? Remember, we as individuals can choose to write the story we will live. If we don’t exercise our free will and choose, someone else will write our story for us.

Be clear on what you want your world to look like, envision it, intend it, contribute to it. Don’t get distracted by or caught up in the story someone else is trying to write for you. To ensure that your vision of life and the world is written, you must get in the game and start creating it now, word by precious word.

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