Proverb 4:23 says: ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ Now you may be thinking that this is not a normal blog post coming from Cindy Novotny. Quoting a Proverb has never been something I normally do, but lately I find peace of mind reading a lot of spiritual books. So, this is not a bible quoting moment but one of introspection.
This has been a year of highs, lows and everything in between. I can’t tell you how many people ask me this question almost daily – ‘how are you, I mean how are you really?’
Everyone knows that a year ago we had sadness in our family with the loss of our son-in law and did everything we could to help our daughter navigate this time. There are few people who have the gift of helping you guard your heart. The true friend who drops everything when you call, just to listen. The friend who is in another country and it is midnight but when you send her a message on WhatsApp – she immediately calls you back.
This is an incredible gift. So how do you begin to guard your heart and yet open-up to your friends or family about what is really bothering you? We are living, breathing human beings who need care, rest, nutrients and genuine hearts of love to take care of ourselves, and others. First of all, you need to step back and give yourself the time to slow down and count your blessings.
That time for me is when I spend August in Michigan, where I am right now, sitting on my front porch, writing my blog and as cliché as this sounds, sipping lemonade. Yes lemonade! I go 100 miles an hour throughout the year, and this time in Northern Michigan settles my soul. I carve out time for myself to be with myself and focus on what makes me happy.
My needs are quite simple. What makes me happy is being surrounded by family and genuine friends. I have a great deal of abundance in my life and when I simplify it down to the basics of happiness, it always is about simple times with family and friends.
I spark enthusiasm every day within myself and with others one day at a time. My daily life of travel, training, speaking, selling, consulting, coaching and then simply living become a habit and routine, but I never take it for granted. I appreciate every day with as much excitement as the last day and the new one to follow. I believe this is how I guard my heart. Everyday is a new day, and every moment I live makes an impression on my heart.
Spend the next week focusing on how to guard your heart and be happy in life. XO