Actor and comedian Steve Martin tells the story of how he got started in show business. When in his twenties, he was employed at the Knotts Berry Farm amusement park in the entertainment theater. What he really wanted to do was stand-up comedy. He thought about making the leap, but hesitated. Finally, he decided to go for it. Martin said, “If I could talk to myself in my twenties from my vantage point now, I’d tell myself, ‘Just relax and go for it. Everything will work out just fine.’ ” When we follow the heart, everything does seem to work out just fine.
We are not here to simply exist. We are here to THRIVE! Playing it safe might need to be sacrificed to create the life of our dreams, for the journey stretches us, grows us, expands us, and uplifts us. And as someone wise once said, “We don’t pray for safe passage. We pray to be a good captain.”
We have within us a homing beacon. Like the magnificent birds that I am currently witnessing beginning their annual migration south, when we listen to our heart that calls to us, our life unfolds with ease, grace and sufficiency. Joel Goldsmith stated that this is the true meaning of grace – being so tuned in to the God within that life unfolds exactly as it should, and we are provided with just what we need at the moment we need it; to have entered a period of life called Living by Grace.
Following your heart also means that sometimes you will be led to do things that don’t appear to be logical. Well intentioned friends and family may say, “What are you doing? Are you crazy?” This is the moment that defines you: when you can stand firmly in the truth of who you are and step forward in the faith that your heart will never steer you wrong. Let us tune in to the infinite wisdom that resides within us today and have the courage to follow that wisdom.
-What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes