How are you? It has been a while. To start things off, I have two questions for you. First, how many times have you experienced following the desires of your heart because you felt like it was the right thing to do? Second, how many times did you done the prior, only to find yourself ending up in a state of deep sadness and brokenness?
Once. Twice. Thrice.
Perhaps, countless times.
And to tell you, you are completely fine because that is something to consider normal as creatures of emotions. We have all been there—fooled by our own fragile heart. Especially with the pressure of how the world builds up and frames the phrase: you only live once. Granting our own selfish desires became an utmost priority while abstinence, self-control and discipline is starting to become as if a sin to oneself.
As you continue to read this open letter that I wrote for you, I want you to allow yourself, for once, to become vulnerable. For the sole purpose of learning and reflecting upon the importance of guarding your heart, this may sound ironic, but—open yourself up. For personal development, self-awareness and growth mindset. Not for my sake nor for any other, but for yours and yours alone.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?Jeremiah 17:9 (English Standard Version)
One of the few dangerous if not the most dangerous part of your entire being. One that has its own desires, a sense of grit and want unlike any other part of the human body—the heart is a whole different monster. In 450 BC, the heart was thought to be the source of emotions that encompasses love, however, a Greek physician named Hippocrates, the father of medicine, proposed “emotions emanate from the brain.” And today, it was proven that he was right. Despite what science has proven in this modern day, society and culture have dictated the heart as the symbol of love. This symbols hangs on a thread with the belief that the heart has something to do with love, especially with its mechanisms and how it responds to the certain burst of emotions that human beings yearn to experience.
As a symbol of love, the heart is known to be selfish by its nature, feeding on fulfilling its own flesh and desires regardless of logic and reason. The nature of humanity has always been about himself, however, is this what all of these things should be about?
No. It is not.
Hence, the importance of guarding your heart comes into the picture, because the moment you realize its value, as a creature of emotion, you enter a state of going above yourself and exceeding your own humanly limitations.
Do not corrupt your heart with things that are bound with selfish ambitions. Instead, learn to prioritize others and feed your heart with things that are rooted in purity and righteousness. From this day forward, I want you to focus on one thing: let good things enter the core of your being and reject negative thoughts right on its face, and by doing so, remember, the world is going to witness that good things will start flowing from it too eventually. Let your heart grow in love, not only for yourself, but above all, for God and others too. This is what love is all about.
The heart is deceitful, no one understands it—intentionally, moment by moment, choose to guard you heart.
Q&A: Question and Action
In a personal perspective, how do you guard your heart? What do you tell yourself to keep your emotions logical and reasoned? If ever you fail, how do you rebuild your guard?
I would love to hear from you! Please, share your thoughts in the comments section below.
About the Writer:
Elijah Wayne Marin is a self-improvement blogger from the Philippines. He is a medical laboratory science student who began blogging in the midst of a pandemic. His goal is to empower young people in breaking their boundaries by providing tips, motivation and relevant information about personal development.
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