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Rock Solid | I am resourceful, I'm strong, life will not beat me, I will find my way. | HartHaiku.com

Rock Solid | Be That

This Monday morning life is feeling just a little precarious, hmm? Worldwide financial markets have been falling, and this morning tremendously so. Added to that, even my friends who have scoffed at the idea of a worldwide pandemic are starting to take it more seriously.

It seems that it’s not life as usual, and it may not be for some time. So right now is the perfect time to take stock of yourself, your abilities, the tools and assets you have to work with, much as a company might do a SWOT analysis.

For those not familiar with the term, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats. Sit down, make four lists about yourself. When things are put onto paper, they become clearer.

In my estimation, society has taught us to be too dependent on the state. Now is the time to stand back and take an objective assessment of ourselves, and how we can be as self-reliant as possible. Yes, we can ask for help from others, but we shouldn’t be standing back waiting for someone else, or the state, to solve all of our problems. We must become critical thinkers and problem solvers, taking responsibility for our lives.

Be aware of your thoughts, because the messages we give ourselves are important. Do your self-SWOT, and make yourself the solid rock that you can always depend on. There will never be a better time than now.

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Roadblocks | The road before me beckons with fervent promise, but fear holds me back. | HartHaiku.com

Roadblocks | We Build

Roadblocks we encounter out in the world are meant to protect us. These physical barriers at the very least keep us from wasting our time or damaging our vehicles. In the extreme, they might even keep us from being killed. Since someone else put them there for our safety, we tend to respect them and stay away.

But what about the roadblocks we create for ourselves? These are built in the mind, and again, we put them in place for protection. We build barriers to keep at bay what is too scary to explore. But, are they keeping us too safe?

Logic may tell us that certain risks may be too great to move ahead. Yes, we need to analyze new situations and evaluate the pros and cons properly. Avoiding some of them may be the only common sense thing to do.

But sometimes our logic is our enemy. While it is telling us “no”, deep within there is an undeniable flutter of excitement. Our intuition is saying, “yes, yes, yes, this feels a little scary, but boy, do I ever want to try it”! Those are the moments when we need to stop being quite so cautious, and allow ourselves to explore down that unknown road.

Otherwise, what is life for really? Adventure, learning, expansion, growth… The view and rewards on the other side of your roadblocks may absolutely amaze you!

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Roots | Of solutions

No important problem or lesson is ever going to be solved with a bandage approach. That is, salving or treating the surface symptoms of our dissatisfaction or unhappiness. We may feel relief temporarily, but sooner or later we must dig to the very root of any problem to achieve a lasting solution.

This requires some honesty and introspection, and sometimes we just don’t want to face it. We also live in a time where distraction is massively prevalent, and, we are encouraged to salve our unhappiness with new material toys.

There are good roots and destructive roots within each of us. The trick is to build on the good ones, and heal the ones that keep causing us to hurt our own potential and happiness. We owe it to ourselves to reach for our happiness, but at the end of the day, it’s up to each of us to achieve it. No one is going to hand it to us on a silver platter.

On a larger scale, this idea also applies to our societies. Around the world we are beginning to witness massive collective dissatisfaction with the way things are being run by our leaders. I see people still falling back on the typical A/B thinking to find a solution. “If the usual A isn’t working, then the usual B must be the answer.”

But, stop! Are we really examining the cause of the disease? That is where the clues to our growth are to be found.

The real answers always lie at the root of the matter.

Inspirational Quotes:

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you do not like a certain behavior in others, look within yourself to find the roots of what discomforts you.” ~ Bryant McGill

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Spark | Wanderlust craving, words wind and waken my mind to magic new worlds. | HartHaiku.com

Spark | Feed your mind

Words on pages shaped my life. As a child, I practically lived at the library! I voraciously fed my mind with many of the literary classics, and those great writers sparked my imagination.

The worlds that they wrote about opened my mind to many possibilities. Eventually those inspiring words contoured my adult life. It was a small leap to imagine traveling the world some day. And I have, for some 20 years now! I believe my life would have been very different without all those inspiring words my mind absorbed as a child.

Reading offers us many valuable benefits, and some you may not have considered. More about that here: 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day. And with technology that allows us easy access to books in a nanosecond, there is bountiful and easy access to knowledge and inspiration.

There’s a great big wide world out there, and we may think we know it through the news. But knowledge we access through books is different. Books exercise our minds, honing our imaginations and critical thinking skills.

Feed your mind, light a spark, free your spirit.

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Inspirational Quotes:

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ~ Haruki Murakami

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” ~ Mark Twain

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ~ George R.R. Martin

“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” ~ Oscar Wilde


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Stories | Words shared between hearts, powerful threads of life's dreams, our humnaity. | HartHaiku.com

Stories | Bind us together

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 the person hearing our story looks in our eyes and nods, we feel that we are coming home, we are understood, the challenges are surmountable, and it will all be alright. We find delight, solace and strength in our shared humanity, and our stories.

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Bloom | Lotus wisdom

Spiritual enlightenment, rebirth, the divine. For centuries the lotus flower has symbolized all of these, particularly in Buddhist and Egyptian cultures. It also represents good old grit and determination, the will to endure. A lotus seed can survive without water for thousands of years, and is still able to germinate. And when it does, it grows out of the murky mud beneath the water, gracing our world with exquisite beauty.

Whether you choose to embrace the pragmatic earthbound or the ethereal symbolism, they in fact go hand-in-hand. During our lifetimes our souls accumulate wisdom through our experiences, our willingness to learn, and our strength to endure.

Envision your soul as a beautiful lotus flower ~ growing your wisdom, unfolding and blossoming, petal by petal.


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Points of View | To understand you, I must look through your lens too to get a wide view. | HartHaiku.com

Points of View | The many

In this duality world, we all have a tendency to become entrenched in our own point of view. We are trained to see life that way. A or B, right or wrong, etc. “Choose one.” Our ability to listen to and consider many points of view could go a long way towards healing humanity’s many conflicts.

Let’s start to consider the many shades of gray, the place of understanding and compromise. One of my fave Rumi quotes is: “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing
and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

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More Inspirational Quotes:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”  ~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“I don’t think there is any truth. There are only points of view. ” ~ Allen Ginsberg

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” ~ George Eliot, Middlemarch

“They say that there are moments that open up your life like a walnut cracked, that change your point of view so that you never look at things the same way again.” ~ Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith

“The most fatal illusion is the settled point of view. Since life is growth and motion, a fixed point of view kills anybody who has one.” ~ Brooks Atkinson


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