August 15 – From the Heart

I grew up before the internet, social media, or the like were invented. Even in those days, people often quoted popular ‘words of wisdom’. One such quote that I never cared for was “Anything worth doing is worth doing right”. I am not sure who first coined this phrase but I have seen sources attributing it to Aristotle.

I don’t know why I did not like this phrase back then. Chances are, it was because it typically came from someone who was nitpicking and judging me for what I was doing or how I was doing it. It just annoyed me. 🀨

Nowaday, I know why I have issues with this quote. To me it suggests that, in all of our endeavours, perfection should be our ultimate focus. That does not resonate with me. I am not, nor have I ever been, a perfectionist. πŸ™‚

My mother was an amazing cook/baker. Her food looked great and tasted better. If asked what her secret was, she always replied that her secret was love. She was so right. My mother put her heart into every meal she cooked and the result was seldom, if ever, less than perfection.

During my career days I worked in the construction industry. I dealt with many homebuilders. Some built houses to make money, some built houses that were stunning – straight out of the glossiest magazine. Then there were a few who built beautiful, high-end, custom houses, perfect down to the finest detail. These were houses that had practical, convenient floorplans and quality, durable finishes. These were houses that invited you into a kitchen to prepare a meal or into a family room to relax with loved ones. These were houses where you wanted to live your life and raise your children. These were homes. As I met and became familiar with the homemakers, I learned that the ones who built the ‘homes‘ put their heart into every house they built and who worked with employees and subcontractors who were like-minded. Their results were consistently perfection.

Since I have been on WordPress, and following evermore sites, this philosophy of mine seems to ring true more and more often. I follow sites that are authored by gardeners, writers, nature hikers, animal lovers, photographers, poets – a diverse number of sites. I am always amazed by the love that people put into their homes, their yards, their creative, physical, or mental endeavours. One would never get the results shown by dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s. These results come from the heart. πŸ’

Today, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation for all who share such sites. It is so special to be allowed to share in the beauty and passions of your lives. There are too many to mention and I would feel terrible for inadvertently missing anyone, but I do appreciate your posts! And they are perfect! Thank you, so much! πŸ’ž

Photo by Dan. Golfing at sunrise.
Also by Dan. Up close and personal with our favourite squirrel.

Wishing all a perfect Sunday! Take care and I will see you tomorrow. πŸ’ž


22 thoughts on “August 15 – From the Heart

  1. I too remember the days before the internet and more. Sometimes I think it would be a good idea to return to those simpler days.

    the internet is great for those of us who use it in a proper way, yet we can be assaulted by online crooks and creeps.

    I’ve been on WP for many years now and have enjoyed the strong sense of community here, with so many friends all over the world!

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  2. I never cared much for that quote either, for much the same reasons. We all bring out gifts to the table, so to speak, and I must say I agree. There is a wide “banquet” here on WordPress and so many beautiful and sincere people.

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  3. I often draw inspiration from others. WordPress feeds my soul and my imagination with all the wonderful content here. It’s my go-to when I need to be reminded that life IS good. πŸ™‚

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  4. I enjoy all of your posts, your blog is one of my favorites. Doing all we do if done from the heart or with love I believe always turns out best. Thank you for following my blog even though I do post rants now and then.

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  5. Thank you! I always enjoy your blogs. We all have our rants or at least our ranty thoughts at times. It is good to vent them at times. πŸ˜‰. Maybe that will be my theme for next month. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  6. I started my blog as a way to record my travels. Now it’s become so much more than that. It’s a space for me to learn and grow and connect with others. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how WP has such a supportive and lovely community.

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