There’s much comfort in the world of doing and figuring things out. But all too often we leave our heart behind. To live well we must rediscover our heart and take it with us.
We know how to get things done and we pride ourselves in our logical approach to life. And these are honorable traits to be sure.
But there’s more to us than being the proverbial Tin Man – appearing fine on the surface but hollow deep inside.
While we need a warrior’s spirit to accomplish the many tasks of life, it’s our flourishing heart that gives us a reason to work hard and make things happen.
Without heart our work becomes futile and depressing – merely going through the motions with no deep purpose or passion.
And certainly there’s a place for cool rationality in navigating the complex problems of life as well. It’s true that emotions can cloud sound judgment.
At the same time, the heart has its own wisdom that simple rationality cannot comprehend. For instance, we cannot always explain why we’re drawn to certain experiences of beauty and goodness, but it remains true all the same.
In the end, we need our hearts along with our heads and our bodies to become the best version of ourselves.
In Oz the Tin Man discovered the heart that was his all along. And this is the journey for many of us as well – to rediscover our own neglected heart.
To live as a shell of a man is to bring unnecessary suffering to ourselves and to those around us. We have a responsibility to bring our whole hearts in answering God’s call for our life.
Reconnect with your heart and bring a passionate presence back into your life, work, and relationships.