Now more than ever.
How invigorating.
How empowering.
How emancipating.



My sweet friend, Yeka, who is beautiful both inside and out, has asked me to do another Guest Post here on her blog! This makes me smile big, 😁because she and I have a lot in common—We are all about LOVE. ❤️ 💜💛💚💙🧡!!! 

Here goes! She has asked me to share my Top 10 Life Lessons. When pondering about this one, my Mom immediately came to mind. She loved idioms! So I will throw “a few” of those in the mix! I don’t know where I would be today without her influence and advice, so I would like to share what she taught me. A code if you will, that I try to live by. These are in no particular order.

My Mama & Me

Top 10 Life Lessons from Renee at Heart Tokens!

1—Treat Others As You Would Want To Be Treated.
 It’s living life under the golden rule. Having empathy and kindness for your fellow man. Everyone deserves respect and love. 

2—Handsome Is As Handsome Does. Outward beauty isn’t true beauty. True beauty comes from within. It’s how you act and treat others that marks that beauty, and lets it shine forth through you!

3—The Best Things In Life Are Free. Number one on that list would be a smile. Why walk around looking like you’ve been baptized in pickle juice? Don’t worry how straight your teeth are. I’ve seen the most beautiful smiles with horrible teeth! But I could feel the love radiating from behind that smile and joy in that person’s eyes! So the bad teeth went unnoticed in my book. Kindness, mercy, love—they are all free. Don’t cost a thing to share with the world!

4—Let Things Roll Off You Like Water Off A Duck’s Back. There is something in a duck’s feathers that makes water just roll right off, without getting soaked. That’s how we should be. Don’t let the negativity of others stick. Their attitudes, words, actions. This one is a hard one, and many days will require just walking away without saying a word. Maybe even smiling while doing so!

5—What’s Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander. We should be fair and not show favoritism. We don’t treat the poor any different from the rich. Educated from the simple. All are on the same level at the foot of the cross.

6—The Grass Is Never Greener On The Other Side. If it is, it’s just the septic tank overflow! We should be content with what we have. Our possessions, our outward appearance. Don’t sweat the things we can’t change.

7—Hold Your Horses. Be patient. Good things come to those who wait. When us kids were in a hurry for something, Mama would usually remind us to hold our horses. She would get to it when she could.

8—Be The First To Raise The White Flag. Be quick to say your sorry, surrender or resolve an issue. It may have been the other person’s fault, but it will save a lot of heartache to try to make peace in the situation if possible.

9—Never Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have messed up on this one. What can I say? I tend to be pig-headed and a little hard-boiled at times!  It’s try and try again for me! It’s never a good idea to expect we will be getting a certain amount of money coming in and make a purchase “in advance.” Then, comes the unexpected—sickness, missed days at work, a cancelled job, a lay-off. There you are left holding the bag, so to speak! In a pickle!

10—The Sun Will Shine Again.   I can roll several idioms together in this one. Roll with the punches. Go with the flow. Things will often happen out of the blue. Nothing is sure but death and taxes  But the most important thing to remember when the bad days and events come our way, THE SUN WILL ALWAYS SHINE AGAIN!!! The sun will always come up and set each and every single day, till God calls us home. Then He will be THAT LIGHT. So, till then, I hope these things at least made you smile  and made you think  or at least stick to your guns  on what makes you successful in life! 

LAMPS: A special series of Top 10 Life Lessons ❤️

Thanks for your warm visit, friends!

For even brighter inspiration, do visit Renee on Heart Tokens!

Till our next run, here’s embracing valuable life lessons with you! ❤️



haiku, oh, haiku

what would I do without you?

you open my world

As a little girl, I was mesmerized one day at elementary school. I still remember her name. Mrs. Hadarly. She opened my eyes. She opened my mind. She opened my heart. She opened my world. She introduced the haiku to me in class.

I was as giddy as one could get when I came up with my first “tiny poem”. That’s how my classmates coined it. All of a sudden, I felt immediately transformed. Wow, an “artist” is born, I thought to myself.

So my haiku adventure began. I had loads of thoughts to share, although words didn’t come that easily. My classmates and I referred to dictionaries just to write our haikus in class. You see, terms weren’t “Googable” yet, haha! (Ooops that obviously reveals my age, so let’s not get into that! *wink, wink*)

Something magical happened when I completed my haiku project. My teacher said that my work was very good. And that was music to my ears. In fact, it played a lovely song in my head the whole day. Her positive feedback got me all fired up and I wished then that we could just focus on haikus the whole year. I loved the feeling of being great at something!

Fast forward to this day. I enjoy my romance with haikus. In fact, I tease myself that if the haiku were a fine gentleman, I would’ve married him, haha!

As I go through life, I find myself thinking in haikus. I love to be in the moment and view the world from different angles, with different glasses, considering different lifestyles, different stages, different backgrounds. My natural empathy draws me to others and inspires me to reflect on possible haikus for their lives too.

I love the haiku for its simplicity, its purity, its authenticity, its depth, its insightfulness.

Anyway, hmmm, I wonder how Mrs. Hadarly is doing these days. Would love to visit and thank her over a cup of coffee …..

dear mrs. hadarly

little yeka loves you so

you have sown your seed


Thanks so much for joining me on this lovely day! Do drop me a haiku. That would make my heart smile! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️