A Message from my Heart to your Heart

I’ve been thinking a lot lately.

{hmmm. to be honest, when am I not thinking a lot? I’m kind of a thinking machine—I have a major monkey, busy brain, that I am trying to learn how to shut off sometimes.}

But, as I said, I’ve been thinking a lot lately—specifically about this idea:

I had a series of moments the other day in my work car—I was driving around being the courier that I am (for extra money in the afternoons), and I began to have one of those epic experiences of overwhelm when I find myself wanting to shout something from rooftops, or send a message out, dangling from small balloons to everyone, everywhere. And it was this message that I wanted to send out: let your heart sing.

This is not a new concept for anyone, or even for me, or even on this blog, but for some reason, in that moment I really wanted to DO something—to tell people just how important it is. I imagined writing a letter and sending it out on the waves on the internets, among many other ideas which are still forming. But perhaps, I should explain why this is so important to me?

You probably already know this, but we are here on this earth for a very small period of time. Who knows what happens after we depart, hopefully something extraordinarily wonderful, but still, being here on this earth is pretty wonderful, don’t you think? So, we’re here on this wonderful earth, and we’re all so busily going around trying to figure things out, or just going around being busy, and we get so wrapped up in money and time and houses and jobs, and gotta do this, and gotta do that. You know: life.

I am right there with my busy brain, but then, I have these moments of transcendence—they are still and beautiful moments, sometimes I almost want to cry with relief that they exist. In these moments, I feel this buzzing amazement in my heart. This beautiful blue everything. In these moments, my heart is singing.

Of course, much of this for me goes back to art—oh, art—-I get to feel like I’m five years old again when I make art. Art makes my heart sing (and that even rhymes—isn’t it wonderful that art and heart rhyme?) But I think everyone has their own specific way of making their heart sing—maybe it’s dancing, maybe it’s math problems, maybe it’s counseling kids, or building model airplanes, or traveling to the moon. It could be anything, and I think—no—I know, without a doubt, that we are here to find that thing that makes our heart sing, and DO IT, DO IT, DO IT. Do it in any way, for any amount of time that you can. Think about it: what would life really be worth without doing what you really, truly love? What would be the point??!!

I feel perhaps that you regular blog readers are thinking, “yeah, yeah, she’s said this all before,” and I have, but honestly—I wish I could whisper it in your ear every moment of every day. Perhaps that’s why I made the drawing above (and put it on special sale in my shop, so as many people who want it can take it into their lives). Perhaps that’s why I blog about this exhaustively. Perhaps this is why I have moments in cars when I get so filled up that I feel like I must come here and type like a maniac to say this to anyone who might be reading. If you are reading: please accept this as a message from my heart to your heart, and pass it on—be the person who whispers it into people’s ears every moment of every day. Be someone who lives it.

One final idea: you may be thinking: but how and when and where do I let my heart sing? And I will answer: all you have to do is make a little time (I’m talking five minutes a day, if that’s all you have) to let yourself dream, and then it’s just one small step at a time—doing what feels good to you. And I promise, if you do that, then slowly (or all of a sudden) you will notice yourself and your life widening to let more of this singing in.

I love to talk about these things, so please do leave a comment here, or send me an email (nkdocimo {at} gmail {dot} com) if you want a partner in crime, or some moral support in finding your way. Now, go forth and LET YOUR HEART SING.

19 Responses to “A Message from my Heart to your Heart”

  1. 1 Mike McLaren April 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

    We couldn’t sing without a heart, and we wouldn’t have a heart if we couldn’t sing. Keep singing!

    • 2 Emma April 1, 2010 at 10:04 am

      Good post! :) Lalala!

      I’m very excited, because I’m in the process of making changes in my life so I’ll have more “singing” time and energy for art, music, and who knows what else!

  2. 3 linda April 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I love how you wrote that maybe it’s math problems that make your heart sing…ahah… art certainly does it for me, but also math theory, when you really get something! Or think you get it…hehe, nerd, I know! I wonder if you would ever consider doing a ustream show talking about artsy stuff…it would be a fun way to chat it up :) I just discovered ustream and love watching and hearing folks live.

  3. 4 Jamie April 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

    This post almost made me cry (in fact I did tear up a little)… It just felt like you were expressing what I try to remind myself of, and what I try to impart on those in my life as well! I totally agree with letting our hearts sing and letting our light shine, and sharing it in hopes that it will inspire others to do the same! I’ve actually been seriously considering starting my own blog encouraging this same kind of message as well!

    Thank you for this post.

    “…when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
    Maryanne Williamson

  4. 5 Amy April 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Love this one! Beautiful saying and love your hand lettering, as always!

  5. 6 tiffany April 2, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Ah…this is such GREAT stuff! And I love the advice of starting small, with just 5 minutes a day. Too often, we get so bogged down in just living that we forget about the joy that we should be feeling. Once you start small, it becomes habit and then it becomes life.

    I’ll be your partner in crime any day!

  6. 7 Geoff M. Pope April 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    So so–rry I’m late to the p–arty. I was sing–ing in a show–er then run–ing in the rain to get back when c–louds and a pain in my shin but a bunny used her bon–net to wrap a–round my left calf. As you can see, I’m still a lit–tle out of breath be–tween most syll–ables and wan–ted you and others here to know that soaked I can relate to your “epic experiences of overwhelm”! Oh yes and Ha–ppy E–stir!

  7. 8 Geoff M. Pope April 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    P.S. Now that I’ve caught my breath,
    please modify “p–arty” with “heart.”

  8. 9 Kerri April 6, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    You are wonderful, and I love that you say these things to us all. I don’t think it’s possible to say it too much!

  9. 10 Era April 10, 2010 at 4:32 am


  10. 11 Miss Obvious September 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I just posted a blog about what makes you come alive, and you must reed it little Missy, birdie in my ear, same blog, different hearts, connected on a page. Go check it out and be my friend. I need more than my mom telling me to follow my dreams and heart, my fear that my children will pay for it, that I wont make it, that dreams are for people sleeping. Thanks for the encouragement, and I will be stalking you!

  11. 12 Lee Ann October 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Just Love what pours out of your ♥ onto this blog. It seems to fit the missing puzzle piece I need for my own art heart! Just love the thought of “letting my ♥ sing”.

    My heart is pumping out a song right now!
    Lee Ann

  12. 13 Fiona @ lifelyricslemoncake February 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Thank you. I want to be like you! I really feel like I’m getting signs this week… I heard a new song by my absolute favourite artist this week and it mirrors your sentiments…

    I might email you some day x

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