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Scatter Some Sunshine

There is a song out there that epitomizes a life philosophy, which if we all embraced it, would make the world a phenomenally better place. Somewhere along the way, society’s mandate for winning at life became about beating the other guy to “the goods”. Success started to mean a bigger house and more TVs.

But this song, when it wafted from the radio when I was a kid, spoke to me even then of how life should be. Make Someone Happy was written by Jule Styne, Adolph Green and Betty Comden, and first performed December 26, 1960. This song has never gone out of style – read the list of 100+ performers who sang it over 31 years – because although admittedly romantic in nature, it also expresses a fundamental truth about life.

When we are of service to others, when we are busy making someone else happy, we become happy too. Service to others is a core philosophy that humanity is working on understanding and adopting as a collective, in order that we may shift to a higher level of vibration.

Look around you. What something can you do today for someone you know (or a stranger) that would contribute to that person’s happiness, your own happiness in the doing of it, and the bigger picture of the growth of humanity?

Let’s bring some old-fashioned values back into style.

Make someone happy.
Make just one someone happy
And you will be happy too

A quote by Norman Vincent Peale, from his book The Power of Positive Thinking:

The way to happiness:
Keep your heart free from hate,
your mind from worry.
Live simply, expect little, give much.
Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others.
Try this for a week, and you will be surprised.

Have a wonderful day. Please feel free to save my sunflower painting ecard and send it to whoever may need the message.  🙂

© Susan L Hart 2023 | HartInspirations.com | SusanLHart.com


Feel the Joy of Our Earth


Yay, May is here again! (How did that happen so quickly?) This is a re-post of one of my very favorite quotes and thoughts – the joy of our Earth and nature expressed through flowers. If April washes away the weariness of winter, the flowers of May herald the return of color, the blooming of our souls. No doubt there are many quotes and tributes to flowers, but Emerson’s words are still a favorite for me. Nature delights in delighting us ~ Here are my words from 2 years ago:

“The Earth laughs in flowers.” Wildflowers in a field, what a wonderful symbol of the joy of nature and the Earth! When I read Emerson’s words, I cannot help but smile inside. They lift my heart, for flowers are a precious gift. Their heady fragrances and gorgeous colors soothe our aching souls.

We need the healing power of nature now more than ever. The Earth is devoted and steadfast with her gifts. In a world that feels increasingly troubled, flowers help us reconnect to our inherent joyful soul center.

If you made it this far, today I am giving away free copies of my ebook Our Beautiful Earth to celebrate what I think is the real beginning of spring – the arrival of May and her flowers. 🙂

Click here to get your free copy of Our Beautiful Earth

More Inspirational Quotes:

“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” ~ A.A. Milne

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
~ William Blake

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
~ Pablo Neruda

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”
~ Rumi

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up.
Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love.
So if you love a flower, let it be.
Love is not about possession.
Love is about appreciation.”
~ Osho

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
~ Vincent van Gogh

“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers…”
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Susan L Hart 2023 | SusanLHart.com



If you’d like a lighthearted Sunday read related to fathers, I recommend a visit to Wynne Leon’s blog Surprised by Joy. Every Sunday she posts some funnies derived from her late father’s collection. I will let the rest be a surprise!

You’ll find today’s smiles from Wynne here: Sunday Funnies April 30

I share some sweet springtime memories of my own father here: It Will Be Spring Soon

And another blog I love, One Womans’ Quest II by VJ Knutson, also features a post today about fathers and daughters and the genetic pool. Find it here: Curly

Happy Sunday! 🙂

Susan L Hart 2023 | SusanLHart.com

The Offering

The little girl
offered her mum
the flower, a
token of love,
innocence free
of any labels,
rules, and

“That’s not
a flower, it’s
a weed! You
don’t give
that to people,
you kill it,
it makes the
lawn ugly,
throw it away!”

the little girl
retreated to
her room, not
why her mother
could not see
the beauty of
her offering.

Years passed,
the girl grown up,
obeying the rules,
prepared to spray
the hated yellow,
so the neighbors
would envy her
pristine grass.

Feeling a tug
on her sleeve,
she turned to
scold her young
daughter for
interrupting this
urgent work,
couldn’t she wait
just a minute?

Her daughter’s
expectant smile,
with little hand
clasping a sad
drooping flower,
“Let’s save this
one, Mommy”,
transported her
back in time.

Now each spring
dandelions bloom
wild and free at
22 Main Street,
shouting out
in happy yellow
to all who’ll listen,
transforming a
world of rules to
a journey of joy.

The Offering © Susan L Hart 2023 | HartInspirations.com

John Lennon, we miss you


“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”

“The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.”


Susan L Hart 2023 / HartInspirations.com