Yesterday morning, I was applying hearts to some cards that I make for S2 Stationery & Design that have tissue papered heart shapes. (I'm trying to get all the inventory that I have for stationery ready so that it's easy to ship when ordered.)
As I sorted through the hearts to apply to each card, I found myself with a stack (see photo above) that were not best quality. They had folds and flat bottoms, instead of points. Some of the sides of the hearts were also flat and not curved. I put those aside, picking out the good ones to use. In the end, though, I found myself needing four hearts and I started going through my pile. After picking the ones with the least damages, I started snipping off edges and making points - I reshaped some of the damaged hearts and used them.
As I cut, it dawned on me, even paper hearts, much like human hearts, need to be tended to so that they can be used. Had I not bothered to give some attention to these battered hearts, I would have put them in the recycling bin and cut new ones. And isn't that part of our culture's problem? We think we can toss things and get something new and better instead - that will give us what we want, instead of working on the things that really need our attention? Or better yet, would be better if we gave it/them our attention?
If we started looking at things differently - at how we can fix things instead of tossing them - clothes, marriages, communities, families, schools, toys, books, alarm clocks, shoes, toasters - we might find solutions, real solutions to some of our societal problems.
Mind you, I didn't include human hearts in the list of things to fix, but they can be fixed too - there's transplants and stints and that stuff for medical heart ailments - but if we show each other a bit of kindness, compassion, and love every day in our interactions, we can fix the hearts of each other. And maybe, just maybe, instead we'd have some reshaped hearts that are happy and more tolerant and willing to care for the needs of their neighbors. Which is the point of this project. I've come full circle!
As for my paper hearts, while definitely a bit different from the others, they fit the cards perfectly and I'm proud of them. They reflect the sentiment of those cards and of handmade, and of the love I aim to inspire and share with the world.