Keep a green tree in your heart and a singing bird may come

“Keep a green tree in you heart and a singing bird may come.”

—Chinese Proverb

Image of a singing bird on a green tree

Image from Unsplash by Ray Hennessy

If you were a bird, what would cause you to visit a particular tree? Perhaps it was a good place to find food, protection from predators, or maybe a mate and a place to nest.

Your own song would be an announcement of sorts, letting the world know that you are here, looking to attract that special someone or something.


What are your heart-centered qualities that represent the growth and aliveness of a green tree?

What do you have to offer the world? Which of these qualities are most worth singing about?

Be the flame

“Be the flame, not the moth.”

—Giacomo Casanova, 18th Century Italian Writer / Adventurer

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The term Casanova is synonymous with a man who attracts and seduces women, which of course, is not the purpose of today’s post!

My focus is on our attraction—and perhaps a bit of seduction—to and by the thoughts and ideas we come across as we go through our day.

It has become increasingly difficult, in our over-communicative world, to build a fire big enough, lasting long enough, to attract those we wish to engage in our efforts and enterprises.

In my former life as a science teacher, I showed my students how a single flame can change color based on adding chemical elements to the solution in the jar. When copper burns, for example, the flame is green. Sodium turns the flame bright yellow.


How can you add your unique elements into your flame to attract even more interest in what you have to offer the world?

To Have What You Want

“To have what you want, don’t want it—give it.”

-Author Unknown

Image from Flickr by Alvanman

Image from Flickr by Alvanman

A dozen years ago The Secret was all the rage. Wherever you looked in bookstores, on the internet, and on Oprah, everyone wanted to master the secret to a happier life. Many also referred to it as the Law of Attraction, which is inherent in phrases like, “what you think about comes about.”

Today’s quote puts a bit of spin on this idea in that it suggests we simply need to give what we want to get.

Consider this list of the things most people want, and perhaps add a few of your own:

Love Respect Praise Trust
Loyalty Joy Happiness Pleasure
Wealth Adventure Achievement Acknowledgement
Health Peace Friendship Encouragement


How and where can you get far more of what you want by generously giving it to others? With whom could you begin this practice today?

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.”

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and philosopher

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One of my favorite magazines is Fast Company. It offers a regular (over)dose of what’s new, what’s happening, and what’s hot in technology, business, and design. Its focus is on three different franchises, including most innovative companies, most creative people in business, and masters of design.

Based on creativity, real-world impact, risk-taking, and successful execution, the people and companies profiled are without question building some of the world’s best mousetraps.


What are some of your vocational and/or avocational projects where you hope to attract the world to your door? What new or better mousetraps will you build to do just that?