Heart for the Holidays


Heart No. 24 by Mary Gow
Tis the season to be jolly even though there’s a pandemic going on. This heart reminds me of Santa Claus’ red suit with the furry collar. This is a heart with a furry collar.

Season’s greetings – the change of seasons show us the beauty of letting go as we begin a new phase of lights twinkling inside and out.

Holidays don’t have to be a time of crazy chaos crammed with last minute what-evers.

Treat yourself to the cozy feeling, the warmth of a furry collar (fake fur, of course), and a cup of hot tea to nurture your spirit.

“Keep a cool head and a warm heart.” – Mike Love

Day 23 – Heart Protected

Day 23 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 23 Heart by Mary Gow
Day 23 Heart by Mary Gow
Day 23’s heart is protected by tree branches.

I have a special place in my heart for trees. Growing up, there were many large oaks in the yard. For many years I’ve doodled trees and have hundreds of drawings of them I’ve shared with no one.

When I search on the internet for “tree protection” there’s all sorts of sites about how to protect trees during construction. Yet trees offer us protection – from too much wind, from too much sunshine, from too much rain, and more.

Like trees solidly in the ground, our inner tree branches protect our hearts from the elements.

Let stray hurtful words bounce back to where they came from. Stay open to expressing the love you wish to sprinkle the World with.

The tree within provides a solid foundation no one can touch or destroy without your permission.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Day 22 – Heart Charge

Day 22 Heart, watercolor by Mary Gow

Day 22 Heart, watercolor by Mary Gow
Day 22 Heart, watercolor by Mary Gow
Like a plant emerging from the ground, heart energy defies gravity and drives up, up and ignites others to follow. Day 22 celebrates heart knowing, a knowing that runs deep yet shoots up to the sky.

I see within today’s heart an Olympic torch.

One time about 20 years ago, I saw the Olympic torch being carried through downtown San Jose, Calif., as it was making its way around the world before the Olympic Games later that year. I was surprised by a wave of emotion that came up, happy to witness that moment.

The torch faces challenges to stay lit as it has to be flown part ways, other times, under water.

You can read more about it’s path how it’s being designed differently for the upcoming Olympics in 2021.


What does it take to keep your inner torch alive?

“Shift your energy from protecting yourself from failure to squeezing the life out of life.” – Danielle LaPorte