Heart-full Moments from March 2018

You never know where you’ll find wisdom and inspiration.


These are the most impactful things I have read or heard this month that give me pause, or uplifted my heart. I am happy to share them with you. You never know where you’ll find some wisdom or inspiration. Take a moment to go through them and maybe highlight a few that speak to you. These are wise words about living life more fully, with compassion, and are reminders about paying attention to what’s really important. Enjoy…

  • “Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed.” – William Saroyan
  • “Hope is like a road in the country: there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” – Lin Yutang
  • “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  • Check out spoken word poetry by Rudy Francisco & his book Helium. My favorite is “Complainers” https://youtu.be/2vgICFh-Fq4 with a powerful reminder to be grateful for what we have.
  • ”There is a hard truth to be told: before spring becomes beautiful, it is plug ugly, nothing but mud and muck. I have walked in the early spring through fields that will suck your boots off, a world so wet and woeful it makes you yearn for the return of ice. But in that muddy mess, the conditions for rebirth are being created.” – Parker Palmer
  • “Other peoples’ perception about you ain’t none of your business!” & “l’m not gonna dim my light; I’m just gonna hand you some shades!” – Lisa Nichols
  • “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” Stephen Hawking gave this now-famous piece of advice to his three children Lucy, Robert and Tim and related it in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2010. Included in those words of advice were: “Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.” And: “if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
  • More from Stephen Hawking:
    • “However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.”
    • “My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.”
    • “Although I cannot move and I have to speak through a computer, in my mind I am free.”
    • “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.”
    • “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
    • “Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.”
  • ”Art is not simply works of art; it is the spirit that knows beauty, that has music in its soul and the color of sunsets in its handkerchief, that can dance on a flaming world and make the world dance too.” – W.E.B. Dubois “
  • “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The most precious inheritance that parents can give their children is their own happiness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “We need to arm our teachers. We need to arm our teachers with paper, pens and the money they need to support themselves and their families, and the futures that sit in their classrooms.” – Ryan Deitsch
  • “My grandfather had a dream that his four little children will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but the content of their character. I have a dream, that enough is enough. And that this should be a gun-free world. Period.” – Yolanda Renee King, nine-year-old granddaughter of Martin Luther King.

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s Heart Full Moments – wise words that I’ve been stirred by – and that you have read or seen or heard things, in your own life too, that made you pause and breathe in, the wisdom or wonder of that experience.

You might keep your own list of Heart-full or mind-full gems, and re-read them when you need an uplift. Simply to be on the lookout for gems that speak to you is a mindful practice that helps to keep your heart open to all that’s good in the world. To deepen your experience even more, you might use any one of these as a journal prompt, where you add whatever comes to mind about how this applies in your life, and how it makes you feel. Or use any one of these as a conversation starter and see if you can draw someone out to share how these words make them feel. Enjoy sharing Heart full wisdom…

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Listening with Heart
Cindi Rivera, MFT
Marriage, Family Therapist
(510) 482-4445

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