the priceless journey home to the heart…(part #20 for the kid in us)

June 10th, 2010

Several years ago, my brother-in-law passed away at a very young age leaving behind two young beautiful daughters.  His youngest showed me pictures that all of her school mates had drawn her to tell them how sad they were for her loss. Those drawings touched something deep inside of me.  Their innocence, purity and honesty.  I invited those qualities in me to be restored to their fullest potential and I began writing stories from my heart for me.

Recently, I brought these stories back into my awareness and thought what a great gift it would be to have my words illustrated by my youngest niece, Kara (now 12).  Her raw talent for illustration is in a pure developmental stage and their is an honesty and richness in her drawings.  I asked her to read my stories and partner on writing about things that parents and children could enjoy together with the proceeds going to support a cause of Kara’s chosing.

Here are the initial works that we plan to publish.


I went outside the other day
To find some kids with whom to play
They all were busy…no time for me
So I sat down beneath a tree

And as I sat in cool, tall grass
I saw a blue bird fly right past
She saw me sitting by her tree
And swirled around to visit me

She perched up high at first to see
What brought me underneath her tree?
And then she did the darndest thing
She took a breath and said my NAME!

“Why do you sit her little one?
You should be playing, havin’ fun!”
“I know,” I said, “my friends are gone
And now I sit here all alone!”

“You don’t need kids to have your fun
The world’s alive, we all are one!
How can we cheer you my sweet child?
I have some friends to make you smile!”

And then she sang a song so sweet
A twiddle first… and then a tweet
And soon they came, each one by one
I got to see the turtles run!

And then three June bugs did appear
A rabbit, frog, a worm and deer!
And as she sang they each would come
To sit beside me one by one

And then she flew down next to me
To tell a story, naturally!
She told me how it came to pass
That they all gathered in the grass

“You see”, she said, “We all have friends!
With some we eat and some we blend
We each have roles in nature’s path
My job’s to sing, your jobs to laugh!

‘Cause laugher is the sweetest sound
It picks you up when you are down.
It let’s you know you’re YOUR best friend
So smile some more, or at least grin!”

“We’ve all learned here we can rely
On one another, and that’s no lie.
If people knew what we know here
They’d be much nicer and sincere!”

“The June bugs fly around the muck
And when he’s hungry, they find the duck
We know our roles, its nature’s way
We each surrender every day.”

“The turtles swim, the turtles sink
They find big logs on which to think.
They share with us the things they know
It’s how we learn, its how we grow!”

“The worm’s my friend, he’s not afraid
He tills the soil, he is so brave
And when I’m hungry, no food around
He wiggles underneath the ground.”

“He let’s me know that he is there,
He feeds me and I know he cares
We each support in different ways
The frog will sing, the deer will graze.”

“It’s why I sing, it’s my sweet voice
That cheers the world, and that’s my choice
We each make choices all life long
Your job is now to find your song!”

“And sing it loud and sing it long
You voice and laughter makes your strong!
So when you’re lonely, know we’re here
To bring you joy and share our cheer.”

“You don’t need anything but YOU!
Go find the song inside of you.
And we’ll be here your whole life long
To help you play and sing your song!

And then they left me all alone
I thought a while and started home
I knew right then, I didn’t guess
The bluebird taught me HAPPINESS!”

Copyright © 2010 Hal Price at Empowered Living

Illustrations by Kara Daniel

the priceless journey home to the heart…(part #19)

May 22nd, 2010

The “Reverence for Life Pill”

As a child, I remember being so excited anytime I got a chance to earn a “sweet treat”. I would save my allowance of 50 cents a week for doing good deeds to run to the store to buy myself a pack of M&Ms and would savor each delicious color.

There was something special about turning good deeds into a simple pleasure back then and wanting to do more good deeds to know that at the end of each deed, a rainbow of delight awaited me!

Apparently, the world’s sweet tooth has continued to grow since my first taste of this rewarding tiny morsel of accomplishment.  Today there are over 184,632,315,985,654 various candies in the world, but the number one seller globally is M&Ms.

It is now estimated number of M&Ms sold each DAY in the United States alone is over two hundred million!

That got me to thinking.

In the US, over 3,649,468,866 retail prescriptions are filled each year and growing!  We are filling ourselves with junk that could be solved by offering our heart the joy of taking just one childhood treat a day.

What if for just one year, we suspended belief in our minds and knew without any doubt that just one M&M a day could cure all of our unhappiness, depression, diseases and maladies?

What if we set our intentions that one M&M a day could do what no other pill could do?

What if we told ourselves that each color of our daily dosage of one M&M a day could give us the effect of finding Joy, Reverence for Life and a connection for seeing ourselves and all of life as truly sacred?

If the world all took just one M&M a day with the intended affect of seeing life through our childlike joy and playfulness again, then we could truly heal the world.

I recommend that you all go do one good, heartfelt deed a day.  Make a difference in your own life first and then see your good move into the world.

With this new “reverence for life” tasty treat we might let go of:

–          Greed (sharing candy is always a nice thing to do)

–          Sadness (its hard to be sad during one moment of simple joy and if you can build on one moment of simple joy, you might have the courage to see life differently and smile again)

–          Disrespect (when you respect yourself enough to do a good deed in order to see a smile appear on the face of another, you build respect for all of life)

–          Distrust (by doing good deeds you learn to trust your own heart’s guidance and find yourself trusting the highest good for all concerned)

–          Pollution of the mind and the planet (if we knew that our negative thoughts and greed is killing our planet which offers us the trees and natural resources that lovingly offers us the ingredients to make our M&M’s, then we might show more reverence for our Mother Earth who feeds and nourishes us!)

These are just a few benefits of eating one M&M per day.  Now don’t think that eating the whole bag will heal you instantly!  This is a “grow as you go” pill.  It must be honored with no quick fix solutions!  The solution is inside of you.

So go out and do a good deed today with nothing expected in return.  When no one else is looking, pop your new pill box and treat yourself in the privacy of your own space to a small taste of the sweetness of life.  You just might see your health care bills go down, your children start to connect with your playful side that they had long forgotten and the planet start to love you back.

The “Reverence for Life Pill” just may save us all from our own bitterness!

Here’s to your sweetness returning my friend,

Love your Divine Heart Specialist™,


the priceless journey home to the heart…(part #18)

May 17th, 2010

My first steps occurred on the morning of January 1, 1956.

How do I know this?

Because the one person who has been the constant witness to my powerful life has been my mother.  She always carefully documented each incredible detail of my life and my growth.  Each accomplishment or milestone of mine was lovingly recorded (including the tracing of my feet from the day I took my first steps.)

In a world where there is so much uncertainty, my mother continues to be the fortress for my heart.  Her unconditional love for me has never been in question.  The memories that we have created together are a bond that are timeless.  Just like taking my very first steps, my mother was there to ensure my safety as I began each new adventure.

Mom and I are on a great new adventure again now 55-years later.  The memories that we created are being challenged by an unforgiving disease called Alzheimer’s.  It wants to steal my mother’s precious memories from her mind, but I know that the memories of our collective heart are indestructible and they will live forever!.

I now see how love has called me back to remember and return the favor as Mom and I continue our great walk in life.

Last week, as I aided my 80-year-old mother on our walk around the block, a memory came back to me about how she used to always hold my hand when I went somewhere unfamiliar.   Now, 10 years into her Alzheimer’s and with fading vision, I realized that every step my mother takes now is unfamiliar as well. She shuffles her feet slowly as she walks now… testing for “certainty” on the ground below.  To offer her the knowing that she did not walk alone, I took her hand just as she had done mine thousands of times as a small boy to let me know that everything was going to be alright.

These days, the favor of her “lifetime walk” with me is now being returned. God has place me in the position of being “underemployed” to allow me more time to create the second best years of my life with my mom.

Here is an anonymous poem that I found about a mother’s love for her child. I adapted it to fit my own heart as I realized that “Our Walk Through Life is a Beautiful Circle…Always Leading us Right Back to the Door of our Heart!”

This is dedicated to all of the precious little girls out there who grow up to become Mommies.

You are the reminder to us all that love is constant and never leaves our side.  Walk tall ladies, walk proud, walk tenderly …your love lives forever through your precious children.

May your walk be filled with wonder and Grace!


I loved you from the very start,
You stole my breath, embraced my heart.
Our life together, just begun
You’re part of me my little one.
As mom with child, each day we grew,
My heart was filled with thoughts of you.

I’d daydream of the things we’d share,
Like late-night bottles and Teddy bears.
Like your first steps and your skinned knees,
Like bedtime stories and ABC’s.
I thought of things you’d want to know,
Like how birds fly and flowers grow.

I thought of lessons I’d need to share,
Like standing tall and playing fair.
And when I saw your precious face,
I prayed your life be filled with grace.
I thanked the angels from above,
And promised you unending love.

Each night I lay you down to sleep,
I gently kissed your head and cheek.
I counted fingers, counted toes;
I memorized your eyes and nose.
I’d linger at your nursery door,
Awed each day…I loved you more.

Through misty eyes, I’d dim the light,
And whisper, “I love you” every night.
I loved you from the very start,
You stole my breath, embraced my heart.

As mother / child our walk has been,
The best days of my life dear FRIEND.

Happy Mother’s Day to God’s Physical and Enduring Embodiment of LOVE!