A Heart for Any Fate

When I finished this painting & received it's name, "A Heart for Any fate," I understood right away how that applies to me. My life experiences right now are all about embracing my Heart & allowing the divine plan to take it's course, even if I don't know what is going to happen. Being a psychic by trade, I've been very comfortable with pursuing my dreams, knowing what is to come. Good or bad, if I know what to expect, I can cope with it much better. But there are times in life, when no matter how psychic you are, you cannot know what is ahead of you. That is when true growth happens. It's a powerful lesson in spiritual evolution to do what your heart tells you, having no clue where that is going to take you. Taking the leap faith when you can't see the rope or where you are going to land takes incredible courage. Courage builds character.

I've included the poem that inspired me with this painting, since the words touch on what the painting is expressing.

Love & Light,
Deborah Lighthart

Psalm of Life
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.


Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.


In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!


Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, - act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!


Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time;


Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.


Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.