By Jackie Madden Haugh

As a bit lady, Jackie Madden Haugh was once taught by means of her mom and dad that there have been kinds of heartbeats: one who served because the existence strength in the actual body, sending blood and oxygen to all components of the physique, and one other that resided within the spirit, a paranormal pulse that nourished the soul. yet, it wasn't until eventually Jackie grew to become a caregiver to either her mom and dad of their declining years, and suffered via a divorce, that she chanced on the genuine method to feed the soul was once by means of residing a existence in consistent gratitude. Being grateful for all of the wonders in lifestyles is simple, that takes no attempt. yet, while we are appreciative for the demanding situations and heartbreaks thrown our manner, for these are our classes, we are lead down the winding street to our nice turning into; who we have been born to be. 75 Beats to a cheerful Heart are common inspirational, humorous, and delicate brief tales from Jackie's column within the Los Altos city Crier. via trying to find pleasure within the minutia of her days; these special...

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In their teen years, this nightly custom took on a new meaning. Having morphed into superhuman creatures that needed little or no sleep, their late night outings left me exhausted. Lying in the dark waiting for their return, I’d silently pray, “Please, God, where the hell are they? ” And when they finally arrived, to be sure they’d been behaving as expected, it was mandatory that they not slither to their bedrooms until I received one last smooch. This final kiss of their day also came with a sniff test.

14- Good Night Kisses My mother instilled family traditions in her children with an iron fist. That fist demanded we follow her lead, or else. One such practice required me to kiss my three brothers before bedtime. Traveling from oldest to youngest, I was ordered to leave a peck on their cheek before I made my way to my bedroom. It was a ritual she thought was cute and one I grew to abhor. In the early years, it wasn’t too bad because I actually liked them, plus no one had developed cooties or rancid body odors yet.

Maybe he never expressed it in a boisterous manner, but he was evidently content and grateful just to be alive. It’s been said that we all have an energy field, which becomes a magnet for likewise energy. If you’re a negative person, then you attract adverse situations. My father chose to conduct his field in endless appreciation. With his soul’s vibration constantly humming a joyful tune, he managed to find the bright side, even in the most disappointing moments. Perhaps that was his final lesson.

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