Thursday, February 16, 2012

I "Heart" the Possibilities

     When my partner and I were in the early romance imbibed days of our relationship we began to see signs of our love for each other all around us. The first sign was in a chipped strip of cross-walk paint, pieces of the painted road had broken off in a shape strongly resembling a heart.
     We loved this cross-walk heart which lead the way from his apartment to the city square where many of our early dinner dates, evening walks...and sometimes pre sunrise walks would take place. It became our habit to "tap the heart" with our toe each time we crossed over it. The cross-walk has since been repainted, but we continue to see hearts everywhere. Following are just a handful of the pictures I have taken of found "hearts" in odd places. None of these were made by us, just recognized and appreciated...

    While these symbols of love have been a pleasant reminder of the love between my partner and I, they have also become something else. The hearts I find are always such a lovely surprise in my day, I could be in any mood at all and then I see a heart and like a little child my chest fills with joy, my face lights up, and my breath catches for a moment "Ooooooh!! Loooook!!! A heeearrrrttt!!!!"

     It has been suggested that the hearts I find are messages of a sort...from the Universe, or God, or my Guardian Angel. I am more than willing to accept any of those explanations and usually that is what I think in the back of my mind when I find one. But lately a new idea has occurred to me which I think deserves exploration: maybe I see the hearts because I am looking for them, maybe I am sending a message to myself...a love letter? A bright spot of hope? A reminder? You are loved. Love is all around.

     Many people say that when they buy a new kind of car, suddenly they see that same car everywhere they go. Did everyone go out and start buying the same car as you (you trend-setter you!) Unlikely. There were probably just as many cars like that around you before, but now that you have one, your mind has opened its awareness to this particular car. Now your mind recognizes them, where before it would disregard them. Perhaps it is the same with my hearts. I have opened my awareness to these symbols of love and I see them all around me. I'm sure they were there before, but I wasn't looking for them, I disregarded them.
     If this theory is true, then it is just as exciting to me...or perhaps even more so...than the idea that the hearts are messages from on high. Because if this is true, if all it took was for me to simply open my awareness, then that is a very powerful thing. What other goodness can I welcome into my life if I will simply open my awareness to it?

     What goodness has come into your life as you've practiced awareness? In what ways do you plan to be more aware? What do you wish to welcome into your life? The possibilities are endless...just close your eyes and open your:

  With an open heart
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  1. What a cool post. I love all of the heart symbols you've found.

  2. A lovely post! I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day.



  3. What neat hearts you have found in so many places!! Very cool!

  4. Oh my goodness...Very Fun! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I can't wait to see what you link up at my party tomorrow! I LOVE following're so inspiring! Just a little reminder, my giveaway for 1000 free FULL color business cards ends at midnight!! Stop by and enter to wiN!

    XO, Aimee

  5. Too fun! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  6. I love this, definitely needed the message of being open to goodness. My kids are now looking for hearts everywhere.


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