Friday, November 22, 2013

Allow Your Heart To Speak

I listened to my heart, and allowed it to guide me.  I shared my feelings, following my intuition, and I have no regrets.  I hope you have the courage to go where your heart leads you.

On a more personal note – cold, coy, distant and aloof is not who you are.  You must stop this charade.  You are kind, warm and sensitive – strong, steadfast and true.  I often see you as a restless soul – searching, but never finding what it is you are truly seeking.  At times, I think you set the bar too high, which leaves you disappointed, afraid and alone.  Give yourself a break, my beautiful enigma.  You are loved, so much and by so many.  I love you!

Take your journey, and make time for the many wonderful people you’ll meet.  Learn, grow and explore.   Fall in and out of love, and I hope you find that one special person that will bring you the joy you crave and so desire, and may it be enough to keep you grounded and focused, living happily ever after.

We are here to love, so love hard every chance you get.  We must not take each other for granted.  We must learn to forgive.  As I preach often: Live life happy… Find your joy… Be present in the moment, and thrive.  ("The only way to get what you really want is to know what you really want. And the only way to know what you really want is to know yourself. And the only way to know yourself is to be yourself. And the only way to be yourself is to listen to your heart." – Mike Dooley)

Below are a few reposts from my blog – words to inspire, thoughts to ponder.  Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. – paerki


I have learned much, and I in turn share my wisdom with others, most of the time through my blog. So many are painting an ugly picture of the world.  I’m here to tell you, it’s not all doom and gloom.  There is so much beauty out there waiting to be discovered, and I hope those who read my words and view my photographs will take advantage of the one thing that has the power to heal the complete you – nature.  The joy you seek can be found in the simplest of things – a sunflower, butterfly, stream, sky, animals, etc.

Try not to get caught up in material things.  We should attempt to focus on those conversations that feed into our happiness and creativity, laughter and love.  Treasure them as you would a special keepsake.  I always do, and they are worth their weight in gold.


I can’t say it enough – find your joy in the easy and familiar.  So many of us expect joy to come in a much bigger package.  We’re so busy looking for what’s often right in front of us, coming in a steady flow of small beautiful pleasures.  Many fail to see it because they aren’t fully present in the moment.

I implore you to embrace the little things in life.  It’s not the experience that gives you the pleasure, but the willingness to focus on the simplicity.  Remember to share your joy with others.  I share this with you.


A happy place is key to a healthy life, and a more approachable you. Notice I didn’t say perfect life. There is no such thing. Challenges make us strong, change is inevitable, and motivation is something you should never be without. With a little introspection and the willingness to keep balance, structure and commitment in your world, happiness will surround you forever. Without it you’re vulnerable to all and a target for an unhappy life. Preserve your happiness today by taking a look inside your yesterday, for only then will you find a better tomorrow.


I’m almost always full of joy, but I’m only human and have my moments, rarely, where I am in need of someone to give me a little push, and that’s one thing I can always count on in this world – sometimes with a stranger, always with a treasured friend and, on those rare occasions, a special someone who enters my life bringing with them joy to share.


Spend time with friends who bring out the best in you, but don’t be afraid to dive into a little solitude too. I’m an extremely social person, but appreciate quiet moments from time to time.  These intervals are important.  I’m able to process my relationships, which helps to make them stronger, more resilient.  It affords me an opportunity to return to my center, for a rejuvenation of sorts.  There is a calmness to be found when I’m not being pulled in several different directions by social obligations.  Enjoy your life.  Live moderation to achieve balance.


Here’s to friendship.  True friends are difficult to find, but a special friend is worth his/her weight in gold.  Friendships take work, time and effort.  Lessons learned… Don’t cast your friends aside, stay in touch, balance the art of give and take, focus on the quality and not the quantity of the meetings, be straightforward, listen, invest and above all else, as much as you demonstrate just how much you care through actions, it’s equally important to speak words from the heart, for they have the ability to grow the bond stronger, and the love more beautiful.  Words have power, and we must always use them for the greater good.

Honesty, loyalty and communication are without a doubt the most import contributions you can make to your relationship. One must never abandoned these elements for a moment. It’s these ingredients that will cement your love forever. Make the choice to always choose quality over quantity.  Never forget that deep, intimate love emanates from knowledge and giving, it comes not overnight, but over time. The intensity of your love will grow as your relationship grows. May the goodness of love find you happy forever.

What would life be like without memories? It’s fair to say, there would be no life at all. Memory is our communication, reason, coherence, our action and more importantly, our feeling. Memories create our path in life, developing our psychology and leading us emotionally.

One of the best ways to create and store memories is with video. These simple effortless little snippets of time create diaries and become perpetual time capsules, which justify our walk on earth, telling all with great enthusiasm… I was here! I mattered! I lived! Please, don’t forget me.

Share your views, thoughts and opinions in the written word. Snap photographs so that your eyes can travel back in time, remembering the happy and sad moments that made you the person you were, are and became in life. But, whenever possible, capture video to enhance the memories you leave behind, so that others may pass the essence of your life on to future generations.


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