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I know each of you has met someone who you felt had “no heart,” were “heartless,” or worse yet, were “cold-hearted.” We’ve always been taught to express our emotions, our love and even our power in terms of this strange pumping mechanism that lies within our chests; in no way resembling the classic Valentine heart. We can have “heartburn,” “heartache,” and can be both “heart sore” and “heavy-hearted.”
I know it is our brains that tell us what to do, but we choose to refer to the great pumping organ which pumps fresh blood and its life-giving oxygen to our individual cells as the true life force. When we’re romantically rejected or someone hurts us deeply, we say we are “heartbroken.” Perhaps we refer to the heart because it’s as close as we can get to the soul that most of us know lives within us.
Each of us is as individual as a snowflake, by design and character. Although we can have much in common, most of us are different from one another. We respond to chronic pain and illness in different ways. We make choices based on these differences. There is, however, one way in which all of us are similar: we all live from the heart. Motivation, inspiration, reactions, and all the other vagaries of life are determined by the way we “feel” in our hearts. It’s that ethereal place that no one can identify which truly goads us, prompts us, and drives our life force.
Many of us have been knocked around a bit more than is usual, and the first tendency is to lose heart. Our spiritual selves can become so bruised and beaten, we are sorely tempted to give up this battle, often called life, and just lie down and quit. I’ve tried it myself a few times in my life, but eventually you have to go to the bathroom. Eventually, you get hungry, the dog has to go out, the cat swats at your hair, or a disembodied voice coming through the door yells up the stairs, “What’s for dinner?”
Each time I try to give up on life, it pummels me, laughs at me or places some demand upon me. That’s when I’m certain, it doesn’t matter what is going on in my broken down body, it’s what lives in my heart that counts. It houses the seat of all motivation and impetus and drives us forward. The demands of life also do that, such as the dog sitting and making circles on the floor to scratch an itchy rear end. Do we get up, put cream on her tush and clean the carpet or do we ignore her and it? Life is full of decisions such as these. Demands are good things. They motivate, push and shove and call out to us in anything but a sweet voice but they do inspire.
Inspiration comes from the heart. All great writers, poets, musicians and athletes can tell you that. We often hear the term “half-hearted” when someone doesn’t put all they have into a project. That kind of behavior shows. Others can see it as it sticks out of you with its failure that is derived not from suffering but from not trying. Trying, like motivation, comes from the heart.
As an RN, I’ve taken care of numerous individuals who lived from the heart right up until the time they left this world behind. They knew how to live. I remember one woman who was dying of cancer and could not eat. She was fed intravenously yet every night at dinnertime when the trays were being passed out, she would tell us what she was having for dinner, in her imagination. She covered all the details such as filet mignon, lobster dripping with butter, or fresh sautéed veggies. Then she would order her imaginary dessert. You could always count on her to see it in her mind’s eye and know that it gave her pleasure. She held onto life by reliving it all over again. She had heart. She also had the ability to see the small things in life and know their importance. She, as you and I should, knew the value of a single flower, with its colors and fragrance both so unique.
If we live from our hearts, life is never wasted. We may leave a few things or even people behind on this journey but that is their loss as we seek to find the heart in all things, creatures, and nature. What motivates you? Why do you keep going when it would be so simple to give up, apart from the bathroom thing?
We will always be surrounded by those who would seek to bring us down. Even Disney knows that. My six-year-old granddaughter and I make a game out of deciding who is the Cruella DeVille in each Disney movie we watch. There is always at least one of them…look for them. They bring conflict and action to a story but in real life they can be a royal pain in the poo poo. In real life we aren’t allowed to pelt them with cream pies, throw them out of windows, or down elevator shafts. No matter how badly we would like to. But we are allowed to imagine.
On a daily basis it can be difficult to strive to live from the heart. In my life it’s the old golf story all over again. I know I’ve shared it with you a few years back but I’ll do it again for all you newbies out there.
It seems four friends were going to play golf. They were all avid fans and wouldn’t miss their weekly game for anything. They met at the course and began to play. They had just begun to play when one of the guys, Harry, fell to the ground. They checked on him, and since one of them was a doctor he worked on Harry for a few minutes and then said, “Harry’s dead.” Without hesitation the other three went back to their golf game. After all, they had just started. For the rest of the day, that’s how they played. Hit the ball, drag Harry. Hit the ball, drag Harry.
Most days I feel like Harry but as long as I have motivation which comes from my heart, I will let life drag me on. In the end we will all lose this existence, but in the meantime, play the game and do it with all your heart. To make it even harder, it must be a joyful heart, not a resentful one. Now, that’s a goal to work toward.
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