“Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use. – Carlos Castenada, “The Teachings of Don Juan”
The focus of our career. Who we vote for. What we say when challenged. Where we spend our free time. The people we decide to hang out with. The organizations and causes we support. The comments we make on social media. How we show up in relationships. Just about anything we opt to give our time and attention.
These are all choices and each imply directionality and our fundamental orientation to the world.
We can operate from self-righteousness or curiosity. We can employ a mindset of scarcity or one rooted in generosity. We can choose judgment or grace, condemnation or forgiveness, distraction or connection, cruelty or compassion. We can chase busyness or meaning. And so on.
It’s not easy. And I fail at it all the time. Sometimes miserably. And yet…
And yet…it’s always worth knowing which way I want my compass to point. It helps to challenge that which I worship. It matters that when I get to the fork in the road, I know which path I want to choose, even if I get it wrong more times than I’d like to own up to.
Sure the bigger house is nice. The bigger heart maybe just a wee bit better.