Each heart knows.
December 10, 2012, 2:57 pm
Filed under: Behavior, Brain, Mind, Motivation, Writing

When I first started using Facebook back in college I always posted lots of quotes and things on my page. And now I see all these new pages and sites cropping up all over social media providing snippets of inspiration and motivation. I suppose it’s popular now.

Because let’s face it…

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Embracing this little trick – this healing habit, planted and encouraged by a Grandfather who was constantly feeding his children and grandchildren (and now great grandchildren) with delightful bits of prose, words of wisdom and the Word from the Bible, has been enriching, to say the least. (He continues to recite Shakespeare and scripture almost every visit we have and at 84 years old I know this habit has been enriching for the mind and the soul.)

His words were like smooth drops of honey for my soul. The best part about quotes and words is that they are filled with nuggets of truth.


This site:, was introduced to me by a friend in Costa Rica. Karen Salmansohn shares inspiring quotes, posters, stories, articles and videos for uplifting the heart and mind.

Here is one of her latest videos.

It’s elementary, dear Watson.

We all fall prey to pangs of jealousy, of the what-ifs and the why mes?

Dare I say social media can perpetuate this demon. I’ve seen many a people scrolling through their newsfeed, comparing, judging or sizing others up. And while this may be a natural part of human nature, stewing in the competitive juices of jealousy and comparison can only lead to lower feelings of self-worth when we fail to meet some imagined standard of success. Trying to keep up with the Jones’s, so to speak.

Dare I say ladies can suffer from this syndrome quite a bit more than the more masculine gender, or they just display it more prominently. “Did you see her shoes? I can’t believe she’s taking her kids there! Who does she think she his?”

Actually, who do you think YOU are?

Not to say men don’t suffer from the green-eyed monster.


The best way to avoid the envy trap is to avoid negative people. (How difficult!)

Three signs you are hanging out with a negative person:

1. They enjoy gossip, drama or a good story about how so-and-so is failing or experiencing hardship. (I have to say these people may not necessarily intend to seem negative, but simply aren’t considering how their words or actions could be harmful.)

2. They tend to dominate the conversation, the situation or make every situation about themselves.

3. Watch their words. They tell one story to one person and a different version of the story to another person. Or they tend to be loose-lipped in general.

Ecclesiastes 6: 11-12

The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? For who knows what is good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days he passes through like a shadow? Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he is gone?

The best cure for jealousy is to prefer your own life over the lives of others. Fertilize, water and tend to your own patch of grass. Pull your own pesky weeds.

We can be inspired by others. We can vicariously share in their joy. We can be heartbroken by their pain.

But only your heart knows it’s own joy and it’s own pain. The soul knows what it needs to heal itself when given the right time, space and nutrients.

Proverbs 14: 8 – 10

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception. Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright. Each heart knows its own bitterness and no one else can share its joy.



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