One of the things we’re talking about this month is having heart. I believe that having heart is something that applies to all our lives, whether we’re the CEO or homeless on the streets, whether we have lots of people we call “family” or we’re on our own, or whether we’ve got a degree from Harvard or from Life. Heart isn’t something you can really put in a box or write on a card, it’s something you weave into your life and becomes part of you, the choices you make, the friends/associates you keep, the people you’re in relationship with and how you interact with the world.
Sometimes we do need to make decisions that are based primarily or even solely on fact. Maybe we make those decisions because of how personally invested or emotionally attached we are or because we have no gut feeling. It’s not wrong to make decisions based on fact, but I don’t think most decisions can really be made just with the facts, I believe that we have to take into account the human element. People can’t always be put into neat and simple boxes, we’re complicated and complex, and that’s describing those of us that are considered “normal,” not those that would fit into a pathological diagnosis. And then when you add in things like drugs and alcohol the complications increase.
If you really want to become the best person you can be do take time to learn the facts, explore the world, see other perspectives and try new things. But never forget that a little compassion, a little caring, a little kindness, a little heart may go farther than the facts could. If you really want to be the best leader, boss, employee, mother, father, parent, sister, brother, partner, neighbor, or friend you could be, take a step back and let your heart out of its box for a moment and let it guide you.
“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness.” James E. Faust