The heart is like a flower. Unless it is open it cannot release its fragrance into the world. The fragrance of the heart is made up of the qualities and virtues of our spirit. Most of us have learned how to keep our heart closed in a world that would trample all over us if we let it. Being open-hearted today requires tremendous courage. It is a courage which comes only when we realize that no one can hurt us, no matter what they say or do.