Saturday, 23 March 2013

Postponed and Followed Up

My last post was about the heart drop I had planned for our trip to science world which I ended up postponing. I have two daughters and sometimes plans change when you have kids. In this case plans changed because of a discipline issue with the oldest. Instead of a day at the Science Centre we spent the morning fixing a mistake and learning the whys and why nots and also what would be a viable alternative solution.  One of the sucky things about parenting is that you have to give up fun things sometimes so that you can raise a responsible person but I digress....

You've a good Heart. Sometimes that's enough to see you safe
wherever you go. (Neil Gaiman from the novel Neverwhere)
The heart was left sitting behind the plexiglass covering
the commemorating plaques on the Seabus that travels
between Vancouver and North Vancouver.

On Thursday my troop and I packed ourselves off to visit some of our favourite people and I took the opportunity to drop off the Science World heart in the Seabus. There's a rush of Adrenalin when a drop is made which is why this project is one that I feel I have to do. It takes me out of my comfort zone and puts me in a position where I may be confronted by what I'm doing. I'm a fairly shy person. My tongue gets tied in knots easily. The possibility of having to explain myself, explain this project to someone I don't know is a little on the terrifying side. So putting myself in this position is about me breaking out of my box and putting myself out there, kind of like how it feels when you are offering up your heart to someone new. There's a distinct possibility that what you are offering will be rejected. There is a distinct possibility that someone (perhaps the Seabus personnel in the case of this drop) will ask me what I'm doing, tell me I can't leave my heart on the Seabus.

And then there's the very real possibility that the heart I've left behind won't be given the attention I'd like for it to have. Perhaps someone will pick it up and toss it in the lost and found, in the recycling or even in to the trashcan without even taking the time to read the message I've left. There's a very real element of rejection in this project that pushes me to continue on because with each drop off that elicits no response brings me closer to the drop that will have someone visiting this blog and leaving a message that they have found a heart or visiting the facebook page with the same message.

There could be a tendency to look at each uncommented upon heart as a failure which could lead to giving up the act of leaving hearts to be found. Pushing past the desire to give up is just as important to this project as dropping off the hearts.

Are you here because you've found a heart? let me know, leave a comment. Don't feel comfortable with that? that's OK too, please feel free to come back and visit again anyway. This door is always open.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

March 15 Heart Drop

My life takes place within the confines of the neighbourhood where we live, the neighbourhood where my daughter goes to school and periodically the grocery store and markets. This week is Spring Break for my daughter which means that We are venturing further afield but for the heart drops locations up to now have been limited to the places that I find myself in often. This means that sometimes I'll be dropping in similar locations and others I'll be dropping farther afield. Today for instance I'll be leaving a heart to be found in Science World and possibly another in Stanley Park later this week and again if we make it there; the garden centre. I think you get the idea.

Anyway, last Friday I revisited our local public Library and left a heart in the Poetry section.The Quote was from Bob Marley: One love, one heart, one destiny. It's a simple and beautiful poetic message of love, acceptance and peace.

Each heart quote that goes with a heart is hand written on a small slip of paper kind of like a fortune cookie fortune. I write the quote and who it's attributed to on once side and invite the person who finds it to like and comment on the facebook page or on this blog to let me know that it's been found. There's a lot of information to write on such a small piece of paper but I've managed to get it all on and I think legible. I could type them out and print the quotes and links but I like the intimacy of a hand written note for now.

While I'm on that topic, if you haven't seen the facebook page please do. Also I'd love it if you liked it too but no pressure; honestly.

As I've been moving forward with this project I've had a few ideas of how to expand it, and get more people involved. While I fiddle with these ideas I'll keep on keeping on. I'm patiently awaiting contact from someone who has found a heart but truly the act of putting them out there is what it's all about.

Friday, 8 March 2013

March 8 2013

There's a pain, a famine in your heart, an aching to be free- M. Gore

Today's heart was left in the dairy case at one of the local Safeway store in Burnaby. If you found this heart please leave a comment to let me know it's found a home.

An Aching To Be Free

The heart I'm dropping today has a few lines from Depeche Mode's  song Halo.

Most of the quotes I've been using I've used because they said something about the heart that has struck a chord with me. This one is no different except that instead of being uplifting it has a bit of a melancholy feel to it.There's a taste of hope, an invitation to take that step towards something new.

I'll post pictures of the drop once it's out there

Sunday, 3 March 2013

after a brief interlude:

my whole family has been knocked down with some kind of tummy bug. We've been out of commission for the last five or so days so there's been little to no activity on the paper hearts project.

We're back on our feet (for the most part) and that means back to the project. I'll be posting a new heart drop in the next few days which means a new drop post here and on the facebook page. There has been no contact from any recipients but we're patiently waiting for one of the heart finders to let us know they are out there (if they want to that is).

Hope you are all feeling well and keeping healthy.