Some of the heartfelts we have received have been about the actual process of making the hearts themselves: some people seem to have really enjoyed the creation of something physical, perhaps because generally people do not have time to make things. Perhaps we all need to take some time out of our busy lives to sit down with paper and glue, and really put some effort into making something with our hands.
"I would like my creativity to grow into paid work and for me to trust the process. I would like work to become more project-based and I’d like to feel happier and more alive and feel more integrated in my community."
"Your project brought back memories of the many valentines cards my husband and I made and bought each other. I kept some of them, but right now cannot remember where i put them."
"The sun’s shining, there’s music playing and I feel so much better for making this heart- there’s so much in it.
It’s so much more than a heart.”
The idea of the heartfelt project is to think of a moment in your life, that, for whatever reason, was particularly powerful and ‘heart felt’. For some, it is a moment from years ago, in childhood, when something happened that they have never been able to forget; for others, it is just a sudden thought that hits from seemingly nowhere, and perhaps makes them think differently for the rest of their life. Here are some of the anecdotal heartfelts we have received.
"I was thinking about how people unwittingly share in and intertwine in others’ lives. How we are often, almost unconsciously, touched by others and how that shapes us in becoming human. The moments can be as transitory as a smile from a stranger, or it could be a lasting refrain that speaks to us in friendship and love. However it comes, it is priceless."
"I love it when I get something from the treat box."
"This is for all the boys at the Duke of York School in Nairobi in 1956, who named me ‘Belle of the Ball’ at the annual inter-school 6th form dance. Who would have thought this astonishing event could have launched a painfully shy, plain girl on her first shaky step towards a degree of self-confidence. Perhaps the home-made dress and carefully pin-curled hair had something to do with it! Thanks boys."
A theme which some hearts have been very passionate about is faith and religion- often the stories are about a time when faith was severely tested, or about the first time an individual realised they had faith. For anyone who is not religious, it is very interesting to read the stories, and hear about a love between a person and their God that is incredibly strong.
"My daughter and her husband were overjoyed, when after eleven years of marriage, it was confirmed she was pregnant.
The pregnancy went well, but when she went into labour the midwife advised a hospital birth because she felt unsettled, and so the advice was taken.
Our son-in-law promised to ring my wife and I as soon as he had news and so we waite. Both my wife and I are Christians and so we prayed and waited.
Four days later we were still waiting, our prayers were frantic and my faith minimal.
Just after midnight on the 17th of October, as I prayed a wonderful feeling of confidence, peace, elation and praise came over me, and I told my wife all was well, ten minutes later our son-in-law rang and confirmed that our beautiful grandson had been born.
This was a moment full of tension, worry, and apprehension, of joy, grattitude and praise.
Thanks giving to Almighty God.”
"The most heartfelt decision I ever made was in April 1957 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. Being a Christian is a terrific wonderful journey and I am still on the journey, a work in progress.
Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 46, verse 10