strong hearts

I saw an interview with Jane Fonda a few weeks ago. She was talking about the many lessons she learned throughout her life and how she was able to get through some of the more painful parts. At age 74 she seems finally content to be living what she calls her 'third act' or the third half of her life.

She also said something that I will always remember and that was that you can be strongest in the areas where you are broken. The parts of your life that have been the most painful can also be the ones with the most important lessons. Lessons that can make those same places your strongest ones.

We all have areas in our lives that break in different ways but the trickiest one to heal is probably a broken heart. It can be little breaks or really big unbearable ones. I believe that each day you learn to appreciate the fact that you can choose to be stronger and wiser. You can choose to focus on the positive and you learn to have a different perspective which can keep you moving forward. I know it's always easier said than done. Some days it feels like you've taken two steps forward and four steps back. Life is funny that way isn't it? But you owe it to yourself to keep moving forward.

FORWARD is my word for this year.

This Valentines Day I want to honor all the strong hearts out there. Whether your heart is physically mending from illness or healing in an emotional way. My own heart is still mending but I'm also learning to be grateful that it's stronger than it has been in a long time. Sometimes I think it might even have wings.

I hope your heart is healthy and strong in every way.
I hope you can find sweet moments of bliss everyday.

Have a beautiful and magical Valentines Day.


Anonymous said...

A beautiful work of art and an even more beautiful message behind it. Thank you.

artistamyjo said...

Lovely art and a beautiful post.
Happy Valentines Day. Hugs

Lisa Balazs said...

A very beautiful message indeed. Thank you for sharing. Happy Valentine's Day.

Hugs, LisaKay
Belles Roses Romantiques

Lorraine said...

Anna, I always enjoy your beautiful artwork, and today you have posted a beautiful message to go with it. Happy Valentine’s Day!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

JoAnne said...

Another lovely Anna creation. That heart is as beautiful as your heart.
Keep mending dear friend.

Diane said...

This is a beautiful piece of art and wisdom. Happy Valentine's Day to you. Diane

Ashling said...

What a beautiful post. May your heart's wings fly you to wondrous places you can't even imagine!

Lisa said...

Great post - keep fighting the good fight!

Linda said...

Great message Anna. Yes, we have to be strong and do what ever it takes. We have many duties and do them all with that great strength that we have. I'm glad that we share that word Forward...
Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day.

Phoebe said...

What a beautiful expression in your creations, love your message as well as your strength... may your Valentine's Day & the coming days deliver to you many blessings.

Toriz said...

A beautiful message; may your heart remain strong!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

That is such a beautiful piece of art, Anna. Thank you for sharing it - and thank you for the wonderful wishes, too. I hope that your heart continues to be stronger and that love fills your heart in the year to come.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Oh, Anna....I love your word for the year. What a precious and inspiring post. The mended heart art is so lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Your header is making me smile, too.

Ricki Jill

Celia said...

This is beautiful and I love the new look on your blog!!

A Magical Whimsy said...

What a beautiful winged heart and also heartfelt post. I like your word 'Forward' it is very encouraging!
Have a blessed week!
Teresa in California