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What Does It Mean to Have a Heart?

'History repeats itself until someone bothers (or has a heart) to change it.' ~ Conversation with an eight-grader while doing history homework last week.

Last week on Moms Talk, gave some valuable Thank you, Carrie. Here's what some of our readers had to say:

The other suggestion I would make is to stick to your list! Make a grocery list & do not deviate. Also, pull out the food in your cupboard & freezer, EAT what you have!!
@chrishogan360, financial expert & speaker

Here are some things I try to do: cook/prepare food at home (way cheaper and often better ingredients and healthier than going out to eat), bring a water bottle (better for the environment and you don't get into a jam and have to buy a plastic bottle of water for $1 or a big cup of high fructose corn syrup for $2), and give the kids an allowance (that way you don't end up buying them a bunch of junk that they don't need anyway ... and hopefully it helps teach them some money management skills as well).

Great tips. Thanks for this. Maybe it is that Coupon Hoarder show, but I have actually started clipping coupons. At first I was embarrassed, but whatever, if I can save $4 at Safeway and still buy organic, that is a Starbucks! BTW, this Friday, at the LG Safeway, paper towels and TP are $5.99. I think it is the big packages of Bounty and Charmin. :)

Now, onto this week's topic. What does it mean to have a heart?

As we embark on the month of February, one symbol radiates in our minds. The heart. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, all of us are inundated with visuals of hearts everywhere we go. I think sometimes things are so "in our face" that they start to lose meaning.

Having a heart to me means having the passion to give back and to make the world a better place for loved ones and others. It means to reflect on how each of us can make a difference in people’s lives by sometimes doing something very small. My favorite quote is one by Jim Henson, founder of the Muppets before he died. “My legacy is to make the world just a little bit better by having been here.” Having a heart is the act of compelling your mind to stay true to that mission.  We must use our hearts every day and not just on Valentine’s Day or during Breast Cancer Awareness month or during a school funding campaign, but every day because it is every day that we can tell someone we love them, raise money for a needed cause, or simply help a beloved cat cross a street. It is every day that we can make something just a little bit better because we bothered to do so. It is every day that we can change the world.

To that end, I’m proud that I work for a company that holds dear to its heart that same mission. This Friday, Plum District is launching its “Fundraising Friday” campaign. Being that it is a California-based company focused on moms, they are putting "their money where their mouth is" to make a difference. It’s no secret that California kids are being negatively affected by educational cuts, so starting this Friday Plum District will be partnering with local merchants to offer fundraising deals that will benefit each of our local schools and thus our community at large. 

Los Gatos experiment—can we all inspire each other in our collective community to find creative ways to "be bothered" to use our hearts this month? Together we can make our world a little bit better in the process.

And ... we want to hear from you what you think it means to have a heart. Please share with us in the comments!

Sheila Sanchez (Editor) February 09, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Having a heart means finding a child or a young man or woman whose parents may be absent or needs some extra love and believing in them. Having a heart means sharing your blessings with others. Having a heart means stopping to speak to the homeless man on your jogging route and maybe giving him a sandwich or a couple of dollars to buy some food. Having a heart means finding time, even an hour on Sunday, to volunteer in either your faith community or at your favorite nonprofit. Thank you Jennifer Croll for a column that touched my heart!
Stephanie Bennett February 09, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Having a heart means teaching your children to have a heart and leading that example as a parent. With a little (okay, quite a bit) of encouragement from me, my children asked all of their birthday party guests to bring a donation of baby food, formula or a canned food item which they would donate to Sacred Heart. They collected many grocery bags full of baby food, formula and other food products and learned a valuable lesson. They didn't need any material goods; what they had were big hearts! We also volunteer in the community and encourage the children to be kind and understanding to those around them.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz February 09, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I've learned that having a heart is dying to selfish wants, & giving to others "REAL NEEDS"! It's such a Blessing!
Dyan Chan February 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I think having a heart means acting from a place of kindness and compassion in everything you do.
Carrie Vawter-Yousfi February 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Having a heart means you do an act if kindness without recognition or for something in return. To love with your heart, mind, and listen with both ears! Thanks, Coach Carrie
Elizabeth Morales Vasquez February 10, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Having a heart means helping others who are in need. My mother taught me the importance of giving to others, so I've done the same with my own children. If someone needs a ride, a listening ear, a hug, a friend or even a place to stay, food to eat or money for gas, a bus ticket, etc. then we do what we can to provide those necessities for those in need. Helping others to become independent is another way of having a heart. It's not always easy opening our home to others in need or even feeding those who are hungry, but the blessings that one receives back are enormous and satisfying. Having a heart means taking in a child, who has no one else to care for him, even when it's not convenient for your or your family. We don't always receive recognition for the numerous acts of giving and sharing but we don't do it for glory, we do it because being a good person, who cares about the community and world that we live in is important.
Maaliea Wilbur February 10, 2012 at 04:18 AM
As a marriage and family therapist, I am challenged daily to put my heart to use. I think in some ways this may have led me to this line of work in the first place. I find joy in sharing compassion and empathy with those I work with, and love having the constant opportunity to grow my heart.

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