Follow Your Heart

I read this today and it really made me think about how staying true to who I am and following my heart for the past 6+ years has led me to the life I’m about to start in Chicago. I thought I would share the reading.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
–Henry David Thoreau

Recently a filmmaker friend approached me with good news. He had just received a grant to do a documentary. “I can’t believe it,” he said. “I’m finally getting paid for my work. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be doing this.”

After our conversation, I thought: “This person believes that he is earning a living in spite of doing what he loves; but the reality is just the opposite. It is because he is following his passion that he prospers. As he aligns himself with his higher purpose, the Universe cannot help but make straight, smooth, and perfect his way.”

People who say, “Be practical,” don’t realize that following your heart is the most practical thing one can do. There is no greater way to ensure success than being true to whom you are. On the other hand, there is nothing more likely to block that success than turning away from your calling. Living at cross-purposes with your true nature creates struggle and lack of fulfillment at a deep level. It is hard to be someone other than yourself.

The lesson is clear: As impractical as it may sound, the safest and most secure way to lead your life is to follow your dream.


3 thoughts on “Follow Your Heart

    Let me respectfully remind you,
    Life and death are of supreme importance.
    Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost.
    Each of us should strive to awaken.
    Awaken! Take heed!
    Do not squander your lives….
    ~ from the Great Mountain Zen Center

    Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you are in it… Indeed, follow your heart Dave. I wish you well today, and everyday !

  2. What went on in my heart reading this:
    “Be BOLD or Be Nothing” -Chris Mcardle
    “You’ve got to be BOLD in life, you’ve got to take life on!” -Les Brown
    “I want to live a life of creativity, personal growth, I want to be the best jack of all trades, but most of all I want to do it by helping people develop themselves.” – Me

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