I consider my head to be slightly above average and trust my thought processes to give me good answers. My heart is not always so reliable. My heart strings are easily tugged and I am subject to acting without thinking when I allow my heart to lead. I derive great joy, most of the time, when I follow my heart, but that is not always the case. There is always the risk of great pain when I listen to the yearnings of my heart without first thinking it through. NOW, our heads will warn us when we are in danger of pain, for it draws from past experiences, but our hearts are also reliable in drawing us toward great joy. The disconnect comes when our hearts ignore logic and history, and we step back up to the plate for another round without thought. We will either strike out or hit a home run, but unless we are willing to bat we will never know which. Our choice becomes take a risk--follow our hearts and perhaps experience great joy, or listen to our heads and play it safe--never knowing what we might have missed. There is risk--but our heads should help us evaluate that risk and sometimes we discover it paid to step out and follow our hearts. I love the old adage, "Nothing ventured-nothing gained."
Following cataract surgery there are only two rules,
Don't lift more than twenty pounds.
Keep your head above your heart. (Don't bend over)
This has lead to a week of deep knee bends following each surgery. The deep knee bends are really good for my over all heart condition. I would be much better off trying to keep my head above my heart more often. As I do those deep knee bends to keep from throwing a lens, miraculously my heart is strengthened to serve me better. Perhaps if I were bending down onto my knees more often, it would become clearer when I should listen to my head or follow my heart. Perhaps if I remembered to keep my head and heart in proper alignment, by seeking the counsel of the One who created my head and heart my decisions would be better. Perhaps the proper alignment is head above heart with God above all. Perhaps.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God,
who gives generously to all without reproach,
and it will be given him.