Finding Time To Know That Nothing is Lost

Walt Whitman's use of free verse became apprec...

Finding time to know, right down to your bones, that mistakes are okay and that when your heart is open nothing is lost, is a life lesson that gives you access to energy and insight that you didn’t know was possible.

I’ll never forget, many years ago, first reading the following brief poem by Walt Whitman.   In it, the Good Grey Poet offered powerful wisdom cloaked in the simplest of forms …

Sometimes with One I Love

by Walt Whitman

Sometimes with one I love I fill myself with rage for fear I
effuse unreturn’d love,

But now I think there is no unreturn’d love, the pay is
certain one way or another,

(I loved a certain person ardently and my love was not

Yet out of that I have written these songs.)

You see, it’s not what happens (or has happened) that matters, in the end.  No, what defines us and shapes our path is how we respond along the way.

I like to think of it as a 3-step process:

  1. First, open your heart to the lesson in the moment.  This doesn’t take away the pain or loss that you may experience, but it fundamentally changes your relationship to it.
  2. Second, explore the new insights that the situation presents.  Ask yourself what you need to let go of and what you are learning that you will carry along on your journey.
  3. Third, validate your efforts!  This is so important.  The work you are doing is difficult and often solitary.  You need to be your own best friend and cheerleader.  Really celebrate what you are doing – let yourself feel warmly toward yourself!

When you open your heart to life’s lessons and whatever feelings accompany them, you are recalibrating the “size” of things.  You are, in effect, saying, “I am bigger than this and I can deal with it and learn from it.”  This is a fundamental tool in owning your life and not letting change, loss, disappointment, frustration, or overwhelm get the better of you.

You place yourself in a position of great power when you know, right down to your bones, that nothing is lost!

… and are you interested in learning more about the Heart-Based Path as you explore your own changes and evolution?  Here’s one way that you can transform and deepen your relationship to time in the Heart-Based Way …

I invite you to explore Secrets of Heart-Based Time Management – my chapter in the book I co-authored – Stepping Stones to Success!  In it I share my proven system for exploring and harnessing the power of your mind, your body and your spirit to help you deepen your experience of time and of your life.

As you work with the ideas I offer, you’ll explore your patterns, clarify your values, identify and prioritize your goals … and create your path for achieving them.  You can give yourself the gift of this wonderful resource today, and get started on your journey toward success, Stepping Stone by Stepping Stone …just click this link to get the details!

Let’s explore time together …


  1. A lesson that ensures constant learning with an open heart! Thanks.

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