“What has your heart has you.”
A simple phrase, isn’t it? What has your heart has you. How many times have you snapped out of a moment (or perhaps longer) of obsessing about something that was probably not worth giving the time of day?
I once heard someone say that what lies in the center of your thoughts is your god for the moment. An interesting thought. What occupies the center of your thoughts? Is that thing truly worthy of deification? So often people obsess about things they don’t like or that they wish would go away, but such great emphasis on those things inevitably backfires, for what has your heart has you.
Likewise, fixating on that which you wish you had, that which you feel would make you happy if you had it – person, place or thing – is ultimately focusing on that which you don’t have, on an absence. What has your heart has you. If you center your thoughts on an absence, what will you likely feel…even after you are fortunate enough to get that thing? You guessed it, the empty shell of victory…more absence!
Finally, preoccupation with the past also consumes the otherwise productive lives of far too many people. “If only high school had gone better…” “If only I hadn’t said that…” “If only I had chosen differently…” While the past is worth considering so that mistakes are not repeated, obsessive compulsive infatuation with the “if onlys” never get anyone very far in life. In fact, the “if onlys” tend to suck the marrow right out of life, leaving an empty and brittle shell of regret, blame and bitterness.
Hence the power of appreciation. A heart full of appreciation for what is, for the starting points now available to you – no matter how big or small – is the perfect place to start in any given moment. What has your heart has you. Appreciation is an attitude that opens doors, that inspires others to help and that heals life’s little bumps and bruises.
These are the physics behind every downward spiral that any person has ever gone through on earth. Conversely, this is the logic which makes it possible to emerge from the low points in life into a new and fresh experience of joy and exultation. What has your heart has you.
Whether theist, polytheist or atheist, you are always worshipping something. If you’ve ever wondered what you worship, look at what lies in the center of your heart, for what has your heart has you. The choice as to which god or gods you worship from day to day is up to you.
No one can make you worship anything, no matter how big, bad, imposing or impressive they might seem. The choice is always yours. Use your freedom of choice wisely. You and the world you center depend on it!