The Mystery Of The Heart
NOTE: All of what is written below is the personal opinion of the author. I hope you enjoy this hub. :)
It would take a long time to explore the many mysteries of the heart.
Defined as a small, muscular organ located above the left rib cage, the heart maintains the circulation of our blood. It's what keeps us going, for it is the central, vital part of our bodies. If our heart stops beating today, tomorrow's plans are cancelled, and we are no longer here.
Besides the miraculous physical capabilities of this vital organ in our bodies, there are other mysterious aspects of the heart.
For example, how would you define an "understanding heart?"
Do you ever stereotype people who have initials after their names, such as M.D. or Ph.D.?
When I graduated from college I obtained a Secretarial Science Degree in Business Technology. However, if I were asked the question, "Who ARE you?" and "What initials do you have after YOUR name?" my mind would instantly recall a true story I read about a man named Dannion Brinkley. Mr. Brinkley was struck by lightning in the 1970's. He was dead for twenty-eight minutes, and the doctors brought him back to life. Today this man travels all over the country telling others about his near death experience and what transpired during those twenty-eight minutes. When arrogant people approach him and ask, "What are YOUR credentials, Mr. Brinkley?" he simply replies, "I'm Danion Brinkley, D.O.A. - Dead On Arrival!"
In the same realm, MY response to that question would be, "I'm Sparklea, E.L. - EXPERIENCING LIFE."
Because my personal life experiences have taught me more about my heart than any degree I've obtained or any course I have completed in college or since college.
A doctor or a psychologist may be sincere and compassionate. However, unless they, themselves, have experienced the same type of pain of the person they are dealing with, (such as a male OB/GYN witnessing - not feeling - the pain of a mother in labor), their HEARTS cannot understand exactly what the individual is going through. Another example is a therapist or psychologist counseling parents who have lost a child, when they have never been through that tragedy. Their hearts simply cannot comprehend the pain in the hearts of that mother and father.
ANOTHER mystery of the heart can be summed up in a statement by Kristen Heyl:
"I follow my heart, for it has been the one entity that has been true to me."
I believe it is important to FOLLOW YOUR HEART as much as possible. Why? because the heart is the source of our emotions. It is our conscience, it acts as a compass and our hearts do not lie.
Here are two examples:
1. Sometimes we have to make a mistake to know what our heart REALLY desires. My son decided he wanted to live in North Carolina. However, he hated it. He thought his heart was down south. However, he had to try it out to learn that his heart was truly up north.
If my son had not made the trip to North Carolina and tried living there, he would wonder, to this day, if he should have given it a shot. Now he knew.
2. One of the greatest desires of my heart was to marry David. EVERYONE told me it was ridiculous. I was ten years older than him. He was in his late teens. I was in my late twenties, divorced, with two small children. NEITHER of us had decent jobs! However, in my HEART, I was willing to take the risk. I loved him unconditionally. I loved him so very much that, before each date, I would go to a church and pray on my knees. I would ask God to bless every second of our time together. When David asked me to be his wife, he said to me, "I love you. I will take care of you and your children."
I followed my heart, amidst the disapproval of society. I received hate mail, hang up phone calls, and I was shunned by the neighbors. I not only had to get an unlisted telephone number, I had to sell my home and move to a town ten miles away. Throughout all this, David stood by me. Although I was told to "give him up" by my own family, and everyone else, my heart kept saying "yes."
We purchased 99 cent wedding bands from Philadelphia Sales, and we eloped. We drove over the New York/Pennsylvania border, and we were married by a Justice Of The Peace. On our wedding night I opened my Bible, and I thanked God for this person who not only loved me, but cherished me. I dedicated our marriage to God, and I asked Him to bless every second of our life together. Never had my heart been filled with so much love and adoration for my new husband.
Our cheap wedding bands turned green within two weeks, but I still wore mine until David bought me a gorgeous blue diamond engagement ring on our fourteenth anniversary. On our twentieth anniversary, he gave me a blue diamond/white diamond wedding band to accompany the engagement ring.
My son and daughter are now grown, and we have six grandchildren.
This month we celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. I have never regretted following my heart.
But what if I had made the wrong decision, and it had not worked out? I simply would have believed my heart was in the right place at the time. I would not have regretted that I had given our love a chance.
Therefore, I suggest you, who are reading this, to cherish your miraculous and mysterious heart. Look deep within your heart when a decision needs to be made. Try to view our world with your heart instead of your mind. Trust me, there IS a difference.
Finally, I would like to quote author Michael Lynchburg who wrote these words, "Enjoy the wonder of your existence, and your life will be a gift to the world."
I believe you can do this if you pay attention to your heart.
Blessings, Sparklea :)