What moves your heart?

What moves your heart, my friends? I will tell you what moves mine. God’s presence and His word and presence move me, lifts my heart, strengthens me, and directs my heart. That is the constant throughout my life. God lifts me, sustains me, carries me when I am careworn, and waits for me.

There are writers who move me.  It is because of literature, books, poetry, fiction and nonfiction that I fell in love with the written word. It is because of characters in history and in novels that I knew I wanted to be a writer. Dickens,Wilder, Alcott, Frost, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Austen, and so many more inspired me. Louisa May Alcott and Maude Hart Lovelace filled my mind with the joyous dream of writing books and articles. That little tidbit is a big piece of what drives me to this day.

It is because of wonderful works of art that I knew I loved art museums and architecture! How can I not be moved beyond measure by viewing works of Michelangelo, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Frank Lloyd Wright, Andrew Wyeth, and oh so many more? Do you love art?

Music moves me– modern works, classics, standards, and so many more. Mozart, Gershwin, Aaron Copland, James Taylor, so many musicals, so many other composers…. it moves me. Ballet moves me, too. My favorite example is The Nutcracker Suite…. Are there pieces of music that move you?

Getting out in nature moves me, whether it is the ocean or desert, rivers or lake, mountains or valley, meadow or forest, prairies, or just my yard— sunrise, sunset, evening, stars and moonlight—- so much to see and experience. I have been in all of these settings by now!

People move me. The sight of a friend, the conversations with friends and family, the memories of times with people I love. It is a blessing to have anyone in your life or have ever had anyone who loves or loved you.

Animals, especially pets move me, comfort me, lift my heart.

I know I am wandering here. I guess today I was thinking about the enormity yet the simplicity of life. There is so very much that has already been a part of the saga or tapestry of my life. I am so very grateful for the poignancy of life. What a vista lies behind me and what a breathtaking journey still remains. My words fail me. I guess I am trying to say that I am grateful. I am grateful for my journey– the good the and the bad, the happy times and the heartbreaking times. I do hope that you are having a wonderful week.








About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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10 Responses to What moves your heart?

  1. auntyuta says:

    Kate, I do hope that you are having a wonderful week too! 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      how are you holding up today, auntyuta?

      • auntyuta says:

        Thanks for asking, dear Kate!
        Peter and I are at home, the weather is fine, we have all the home comforts including food that is to our liking. Peter had his left kidney drained recently at the hospital. Off and on he still suffers from some back pain, but this dreadful kidney pain is gone. We do not know for how long his body can be maintained: Breathing problems, cancer in the bladder, blocked arteries to the heart, brittle bones and so on. But he is mostly free of pain at the moment -without any medication! And he has good appetite and is able to keep in touch with lots of people via phone and computer.
        We do get lots of support from all our children. A community nurse makes house calls. —- As far as Covid19 goes, it is quite amazing how it can spread worldwide at such great speed!! All our lives are at a turning point now, but maybe environmentally there are great benefits . . . In a few weeks is Peter’s 85th birthday and I am 85 allready. We are not going to live much longer anyway. We had a good life. Our concern is, what is going to happen to our offspring?
        We wish you, dear Kate, and all your family all the best!
        Uta from Dapto, NSW, Australia

  2. Kate Kresse says:

    Auntie Uta, you and your beautiful land are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Katharine says:

    Haha! Are we starting back up with the blogging thing? I cannot believe how long it’s been! It was good to hear from you again, and yes, I love a lot of things like you mentioned. In painting, I love the old family portraits and in music I like jazz and also am pretty fond of a lot of the works of Chopin–wish I could play some of the music I really like a lot–haha. And who doesn’t love a mountain or a sunset?
    And people–I think people are the hugest miracle–how complex we can be! 🙂

    • Kate Kresse says:

      You know me, I start, I stop, I spin my wheels. I got to the point where I ran out of things to say. Perhaps it is better to say I became like a deer frozen in headlights. I was stuck in grief and stuck in mountains of things to get done. I guess I have now decided to try to post regularly. Too many plates spinning…..

  4. Katharine says:

    Well, it’s lovely to hear from you!

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