One of my favorite things, ever, is finding love in unexpected places. I feel like, when I stumble upon a random heart, I am receiving love from the Universe. I find that the more I practice being truly present, and choosing love over fear, the more often I notice love in my everyday surroundings. I shared this experience with my friend Elanor and, ever since, she has passed along a few of the hearts she stumbles upon while out walking with her daughter. It’s so lovely when I receive these images from her. We grew up seeing each other almost every single day and now that we live in different cities, and live much different lives, it’s hard to connect in person. Noticing hearts has been a beautiful source of spiritual connection for us.
Seeing hearts also reminds me of my late Gramma Elsie, who I adored, thanks to her unconditional love and patience. I feel her presence with me almost every day, especially when I notice random hearts. I am so grateful to have been adopted by such a beautiful soul. Gramma Elsie had no genetic relation to me. She was just a kind hearted woman who watched my Dad grow up, with her eldest son, and chose to treat me like the daughter she never had. Some of my fondest childhood memories stem from the time she spent with me making Scottish tea pancakes, teaching me to play solitaire, making card houses, sewing, having tea parties, and taking me downtown with her so she could get her hair permed (always giving me a couple bucks to buy myself a treat while we were there— I usually opted for ice cream). Whenever I was feeling sick, she would take me in and lavish me in compassion and love. She would even crush up my medicine into apple juice so I could take it more easily— I had a crippling fear of choking on pills as a child and she lovingly accepted my reality instead of challenging me to overcome the fear. I remember feeling so relived that she was able to help me find a solution to feel better. Such a simple gesture, but 27 years later, I still remember how loved it made me feel. It’s almost always the little loving gestures in life we remember, hey?!
One day, I hope to have children involved in my day-to-day life. My future parenting goals include practicing the sacred unconditional love she taught me on the daily. If I can impact even one child the way she impacted me, I will be forever proud of myself for paying it forward. Love, it’s everywhere… Look for it.