By Jackie Madden Haugh
As a bit woman, Jackie Madden Haugh used to be taught by way of her mom and dad that there have been kinds of heartbeats: one who served because the existence strength in the actual body, sending blood and oxygen to all elements of the physique, and one other that resided within the spirit, a paranormal pulse that nourished the soul. yet, it wasn't till Jackie grew to become a caregiver to either her mom and dad of their declining years, and suffered via a divorce, that she came upon the genuine method to feed the soul used to be through residing a existence in consistent gratitude. Being grateful for all of the wonders in existence is simple, that takes no attempt. yet, whilst we are appreciative for the demanding situations and heartbreaks thrown our approach, for these are our classes, we are lead down the winding highway to our nice changing into; who we have been born to be. 75 Beats to a cheerful Heart are common inspirational, humorous, and delicate brief tales from Jackie's column within the Los Altos city Crier. through searching for pleasure within the minutia of her days; these special...
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In an attempt to get to work on time, I’d forgotten to change out of my flimsy, pink see-through nightgown. Hair and make-up were fully in place, but not the ‘business attire’. Feeling like the king in Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” I threw my arms across my half naked chest, reversed direction and, with wings on my feet, flew back to the sanctuary of my home. Later that day, my wonderful client, had a field day when he heard from the neighbors about my early morning wardrobe antics.
Throughout my life, I’ve been known to throw many a wild tantrum, if only in my mind, when life felt mean. ” Each morning we’re given a lovely present: a new day with the gift of choice. We can allow what’s negative to eat away at our hearts, or we can open up our minds to what is possible, despite the challenges we face in that moment. Now, when my children lament over all the woes in their lives, I repeat my mother’s words. We can walk away from detrimental situations, alter the course we’re on if it’s not serving our purpose, even release people from our lives that are holding us back.
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