I have a dear friend who just launched a private Facebook page called “Heart Munchies.” Anne Marie describes it as a light, playful invitation to enter a world that is rich in meaning, where wonder, adventure and fun are treasured values. Heart Munchies, she says, are “food for your heart, essential nutrients for living a heart centered life, compelling you to:
*Live in possibility
*Be driven by passion and purpose
*Continuously expand with personal growth
*Be obedient to the callings of your heart
*Make your heart your best friend”
What a brilliant idea to offer people a forum to expand into a brighter, more joyful experience of life.
This reminds me of a personal mentor’s commitment to daily “gratitudes” -- compiling things to be grateful for instead of compiling complaints, focusing on what is great about my life instead of what is not so great. This is “heart food” especially rich in nutrients.
So what feeds my heart these days? What makes my heart swell with gratitude and wonder?
*Any thought of Georg Weisenthaler, the surgeon who pulled Lee back from the edge six weeks ago
*Listening to Lee breathing smoothly and easily during the night
*Kris and Allen Sudduth who -- with great generosity of spirit -- have stepped in to keep our business humming while we concentrate on building Lee’s strength
*Anticipating the arrival of Lee’s new heart
*Seeing the faces of men and women bloom as hope and possibility replace resignation and disillusionment
*The great outpouring of love and prayers that continues to rain down in our lives
*Insightful friends who lift us up and carry us forward when the slope is steep
In a certain sense, Lee already has his new heart, because as the song goes, he’s had the chance to live like he was dying.
“Live like you’re dying” is the name of a country song performed by Tim McGraw. It’s about what a man did when he was given the prognosis of only months to live.
The salient parts of the song go like this:
“I loved deeper, and I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying…
I was finally the husband that most of the time I wasn’t
And I became a friend a friend would like to have.
And I took a good long hard look at what I’d do
If I could do it all again.
I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying,
Like tomorrow was a gift and you’ve got eternity
To think about what could you do with it,
What can I do with it,
What would I do with it?”
When your life telescopes down to a minute by minute awareness of the value of THIS moment, you have a new heart. You are living a heart-centered life, driven by passion and purpose, by compassion and gratitude. Life is all about the possibilities that were previously pushed aside by fear and complacence.
We all have limited time here.
We all have the chance “to live like we’re dying.”
We all have a chance at living our lives with a new heart.
A wise man once told me that there are two ways to live my life;
One is as if there are no miracles.
The other is as if everything is a miracle.
Feel the wonder.
EVERYTHING is a miracle.