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Day 21 – Grateful Heart

Day 21 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 21 Heart by Mary Gow

We become like the people we surround ourselves with. So what better time to see who that is than a holiday like Thanksgiving.

Today was a day of many conversations. In several of them I mentioned that I had this heart project. What I noticed this time was different than I had noticed in the past. This time I took the time to listen to how the person responded — not only by words, but did the person hearing what I was saying show any amount of interest in what I was up to?

Or was it a one-way all their way?

Thanksgiving isn’t especially the best time to check to see if who you surround yourself with are as supportive as you hope but I was interested to see the results of my small experiment.

Did anyone want to check out my website when I mentioned it? Did anyone ask what the URL or domain name was?

Granted holidays are a great time to be in touch with people close to us. People we hold dear.

It might be an interesting experiment to see if they’re as interested in your life as you are in theirs. OR holidays might be the WORST time because inevitably aren’t many people absorbed in their own worlds?

Over the course of several conversations with friends I realized one person in particular after mentioning this heart project and my daily postings didn’t express any interest in seeing them on the internet. Instead they suggested I give up the project, or scale back and not do one every day, or the full 100 days.

Could it be this person was reflecting back my own feelings? Or what? In some way were they testing my commitment? I entertained their idea of giving up or not doing today’s heart.

The testing may be what a friend does for us. I would hope for at least asking “Where can I see those hearts, Mary?”

Do we really have the conviction to follow through as originally planned? Is the project worth it? I thought about why am I doing this if hardly anyone sees it?

I’m working on this because I want to share my hearts at a time I think we could all use some heart.

So I’ll continue, and see how I feel tomorrow.

Today, grateful for friends and family, and considering: whose opinion really matters?

“I’d rather have friends who care than friends who agree with me.” – Arlo Guthrie

Day 18 – Heart Emerging

Day 18 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 18 Heart by Mary Gow

Quickly, spontaneously, I grabbed some items to place on a scanner to compose this piece: 1) an angel a dear friend and former neighbor gave me; 2) three fake flowers I bought to wear in my hair a la Frida Kahlo, and 3) a scarf another dear friend gave me.

Getting back to my love of photograms and scanograms this process takes me out of my head to a space that’s timeless.

I placed these items on the scanner bed, arranged them, then scanned them.

Then I played with it in PhotoShop.

This process reminds me how well I can do when I don’t think too much and instead act on intuition.

Day 18 is an intuitive heart, I call “Heart Emerging.”

“Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, but simply points the way.” – Florence Scovel Shinn

Day 15 – Heart of a Woman

Day 15 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 15 Heart by Mary Gow

I wrote this poem after hearing poetry, powerful poetry . . . the kind that makes me feel like I can change my DNA.

Heart of a Woman

Many hearts many minds
There is no other time
Like this moment
That makes demands on
the Heart of a Woman

Smart softness
Mental toughness
Emotional intelligence

Hearts bound by
Time and sound
Joy and hope
Queens of Cope

We women are
Champions of

-by Mary Gow

Day 14 – Hearts Alive

Day 14 Heart by Mary Gow

Day 14 Heart by Mary Gow

Who thinks hearts are corny?

Not me.

My favorite card making holiday used to be Valentine’s. Following closely by Christmas when each year I would send out a handmade series.

This was before Valentine’s Day became the second most popular card-sending day of the year right after Christmas.

It’s been awhile since I made cards with the passion I used to make them.

Doesn’t mean I couldn’t start that up again.

There’s something very special about handmade cards. . . they send a caring message by evidence of the time spent on preparation.

A throwback to olden days, when the world was a little less busy.

In this unusual time, I invite you, as well as me, to create some home made cards!

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