“Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you take a moment to review the greatest victories in your life, you’ll likely notice that they were in large part the product of a focused mind, but more importantly, a flaming heart. The world turns on passion.
That said, the human world can be a cold, cruel and unforgiving place. No one passes through it unscathed, and the sad reality is that most people – even the most extroverted – progressively shut down over time. The heart tends to harden when injured or broken.
The trouble with a hardened hard is that it can no longer carry the charge that it can when it is supple, yielded and inclined to all that is beautiful and true. That charge, properly channeled, is the fuel that propels an average man to greatness. Its loss, therefore, is devastating.
In some cases the individual totally shuts down. Such individuals permanently lose their ability to take a charge, like a dead battery. Don’t worry, though, such cases are few and far between. The other 99.9% have a chance to heal and continue on to do great things.
The are many ways to heal the human heart. Two of the most potent salves are forgiveness and radiance. The former heals from the outside in, the latter from the inside out. Forgiveness removes the irritant, like pulling a splinter from under the skin, and allows the healing process to begin. Radiance purifies as it moves out, expelling impurities as it flows.
Forgiveness and radiance should be an everyday affair, not just an occasional afterthought.