22 March 2013 : To Know By Heart

What do you know by heart?

Chloe in France, 2000

Chloe in France, 2000

Commonly used, to “know something by heart” means to know it really well, to having memorized it. It’s an expression we use with children when trying to help them recall important information, like their home addresses and telephone numbers.

But I’ve come to see it as also meaning to know something from inside my heart. You know, when you just know something is true or right or pure? I think that’s also knowing something by heart.

I’m paying extra attention to notice what I know by heart. I believe the more attention I pay to things I know by heart, the more I engage in activities I know by heart, the more people I interact with who I know by heart, the more I’m aware of the nice things the world has to say to me.

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