JM’s Journal: Do You Have an Open Heart and Open Hands?

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Do You Have an Open Heart and Open Hands?

Embracing an Open Heart and Open Hands Mindset

by J.M. Troppello

An open hand and an open heart will receive more than a closed hand and closed heart can ever receive. Keep your heart open to love, kindness, and compassion. Keep your hands open to giving, serving, and helping others.

When your hand is closed, you can't help someone up when they fall down. With a closed hand, you can't receive a helping hand up when you've fallen down.

Stay open.

“A person’s world is only as big as their heart.” – Tanya A. Moore

Do you have an open heart and open hand or a closed heart and closed hand?

“Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is not simple. It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.” – Sue Bender

Consider the following ways to identify if your heart and hands are really open. Of course, you’ll have off days. I do too. However, for the most part, you should be able to tell if you’re open or not.

1. Generosity

If you are generous, that means you have no problem giving to others. Giving can include money, time, and acts of service. If your heart and hands are closed off, that means you’d be grumpy and not excited to give to others.

Some benefits of being generous:

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence

  • Larger and more fulfilled circle of friends

  • Happy and healthy relationships

  • Positive and productive work life

  • Stronger and healthier soul and spirit

2. Compassion

If you are compassionate, you can easily sympathize with the cares and concerns of other people around you. You are not selfish and only focused on your needs and desires. Compassionate people have tender hearts and are able to respond in kindness to people.

Some benefits of being compassionate:

  • A growing desire to continue to keep an open heart and open hands

  • An open mindset to see the needs of others in this hurting world

  • Enhanced overall health in your body, soul, and spirit

  • Enables you to interact with others in a positive and productive way

  • Inspires you to want to make this world a better place for everyone

3. Inner Joy

When your heart and hands are continually open, that cultivates an inner joy inside you. Just remember that you need to find joy in things for yourself as well. If you don’t practice self-care, you won’t be able to sustain a life that is geared toward helping and encouraging others.

Having an inner joy means that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel—even while you’re struggling with obstacles along the way. Your inner joy can be a huge encouragement to others.

Some benefits of having an inner joy:

  • A positive mindset that can help you live more productively

  • Continual cycle of growth in your generosity and compassion levels

  • Helps you to inspire others who are going through hard times

  • Can improve your overall health and well-being

  • Enhances mental health so you can face challenges more easily

Live with an Open Heart and Open Hands

You can live more positively and productively if you decide to open your heart and hands to those around you.

“The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.” – Charles H. Perkhurst

Remember these three key factors of identifying whether your heart and hands are open:

  • Generosity

  • Compassion

  • Inner joy

If your levels of generosity, compassion, and inner joy are high, then you are living with a heart and hands that are open to those around you.

If those levels are low, you can do something about that. Focus on deep introspection. Work on improving your negative mindset. Start giving of your time and energy to others. Find your passion in life and begin cultivating that inner joy.

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About the Author

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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