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.