January 6, 2011

open hearts

this is one of those blogs that i've started way to many times to be coherent.  i started off typing and thinking about confessions.  i was thinking in confessions in terms of my word this year - acceptance.  acceptance of myself exactly as i am, comfortable in my own skin.  as i thought about that subject, i read a number of my daily readings - which leads me to one confession. 

i probably blogstalk you.  about once a month i look at who you are reading and click on the ones that strike my fancy as you go down your reading list.

but i digress (as usual) - in doing that this morning, i found myself being sent messages.  some so strong and loud that they were jumping off the page at me - demanding my attention.  the three that spoke the loudest were:

"few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own heart." - albert einstein

"only through the heart can you touch the sky." - rumi

"follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." - joseph campbell

well, thank you very much universe *puts hands on my hips*  now do you plan on giving me a roadmap or is that something i have to figure out for myself.  yes, i realize that is a retortical question.  i think in accepting who i am this year, i have to confess that i've closed myself off to chasing some of my bliss (if you will) in tellng myself to be sensible and responsible...

confession #2 - when i typed "sensible and responsible" just now i started singing "larger than life" by the backstreet boys.  and you know what...i'm not ashamed that i like the backstreet boys.  it's like eating a soft gooey caramel - probably not that good for you, but man does it make you feel good at the time.

so....get ready heart - it looks like i need to be opening you a bit wider.  i've been peeping through windows and around doors.


  1. acceptance is a great goal. a tough one though.

  2. Oh...and I thought you're one open book...or at least in Blogland...
    I wish I could write with such ease as you do...your posts are very true and sincere.
    Acceptance is a fabulous goal.

  3. i hear you...
    i'm prying my heart open too. this is the year, gotta get as real as i am meant to be...

  4. i relish looking at others lists .. sites..and have found such friends this way...my heart to you char~

  5. lol

    thought I felt a presence....whew! I thought it might be my crazy old aunt.....glad it was only you :D


  6. i love the back street boys, too and i'm not ashamed to be a 46 year old woman declaring that :)

    and that road map you speak of.....i'll give you one with exact directions to where i am :)

    and i love you just the way you are even if you are a peeping tom...hee hee

  7. You can see what I read? Wow, I had no idea. Not that I'm disturbed. I just had no idea...how do I see what you read?

  8. I have discovered so many great places by skipping and hopping from one blog ot another...and i have spent a lot of time doing it:) Time goes by so fast when having fun!

    ...and I guess I have to admit that I am way to old to know anything about the Backstreet Boys:)

  9. It sounds like your heart is wide open for new experiences! Something I should subscribe to.

    I like the BSB's too! So there!

  10. Shhhhh...I have been know to like a song or two from 98 degrees...I have no shame ;)

    Funny, my Mom just told me today..."follow your bliss."

    Open your heart Char...it will bring good things :)

  11. here's to your heart opening.

    and I"m going to take that advice to mine , okay?

    I have blogs that I read that I don't have listed. is that strange?

  12. haha well sometimes i can tell from who comments on different blogs. i just like clicking intriguing sounding names. i have tons in my reader that i flit around to - just whenever the fancy strikes me.

  13. Well, that is exactly how I found you my friend.

  14. I do the same thing with creative type blogs sometimes. I've got so many blogs bookmarked that I had to divide them into categories.

    Love the photo of teacups.

  15. yes, char, 'follow that bliss' chase it and don't stop until your heart sings. brava! xx

  16. acceptance is a beautiful theme for the year. i'm game.

    and rumi...GAH. need to read some rumi ASAP.

    xo Alison

  17. "follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." - joseph campbell
    A joyous comment to read you write down. Open those windows, Char.

  18. Sure, we must be responsible ... but we mustn't forget to dream either. So yes, follow your bliss this year ... I, for one, can't wait to see where it will lead!

    PS-Love the new blog header ... so magical!

  19. acceptance. I love that. LOVE IT! Happy new year, too, my friend. May it bring you everything you dream of.

  20. i love Joseph Campbell and also William James

  21. So many true and good thoughts here. Why is it being disciplined often conflicts with our bliss, but when they collide it's magic! Sending you lots of good wishes, no doubt you'll find your roadmap because you have the desire.

    xo Mary Jo

  22. it takes a strong woman to admit that she likes the backstreet boys. lol! good for you. open up that heart a bit more and who knows what will happen?! :)

  23. I've been fighting against acceptance lately... lol. And I love your sassy line: "Well thanks very much, universe..."

    Beautiful post, Char. You are such a wonderful writer!

  24. i really love the way you write. wonderful post.
    I admit I blogstalk too. it proves interesting.
    sure wish I could get back on track with blogging, i miss it.

  25. Just clicking through and thought I would say your have great place here. I enjoyed your thoughts on the Ice Storm that Wasn't, Soups On and Worn- You ramble perfectly. They closed school early here - and there has not been one flake.

  26. Char, you are an amazing writer. I love the way your mind works, and the way you translate it into words that we can relate to.


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