Do You Know Your Heart?

Do You Know Your Heart?

Do You Know Your Heart?
By Tony A Grayson

Our heart is an internal organ that pumps blood throughout our bodies. The blood carries many things that are necessary for life, to include oxygen provided by the lungs, food provided by the digestive organs, infection-fighting white blood cells, and a pickup service to take out the trash, so to speak. So, if we want to ascribe our morality, our reason for being here, our soul, to a place in our body, it is to the heart, and not the brain, which would die without the heart's life-giving blood.

It seems that the purer we are, the more in touch we are with the purposeful qualities that we keep in our hearts. Native Americans as a broad ethnic group seem to have that purity. I know that it is a mistake to group a people broadly. The different tribes of Native Americans were like the different tribes of Europe that became distinct countries. The same can be said for people of Africa, West and East Asia. I have seen this quality depicted in films about famous Native Americans.

Both Geronimo, a Chiricahua Apache, and Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota (Oglala Sioux) are said to have had the ability to look into the eyes of a tribesman who strayed from his people's purpose to ask, "Where is your heart?" in order to get back their allegiance. So, I ask you, "Do you know your heart?" We modern Americans are a very distracted people. Perhaps that is somewhat due to our diluted blood lines. We have lost touch with our tribal ancestry because our DNA is of many tribes. Some think that makes us stronger. Others think that makes us blood thirsty. We seem to be able to change the direction of our heart, and in the modern age, the influences on us to do it are powerful and relentless.

Religions, social pressure, political enlightenment, greed, love, power, and survival are some of the primary influences that can lead us astray from the purpose of our heart to send us off in a new direction. If we happen to be world-shapers like Geronimo or Crazy Horse were, we can take many other hearts along with us. But, the question stands. Are you doing things with your life with no perception as to why you do them? Perhaps you should reflect on where is your heart. When the noon time of your life comes, you will look back on what you have done with your life, and you will know if you have been true to your purpose or not. The noon time is essentially at the end of three-quarters of your life, at retirement, or generally around sixty-years-old. I am at the noon time of my life. I know my heart. I listen to it. It tells me to write.


Tony is a writer, an author of several published novels, and an independent publisher. In September 2012, he wrote and published the first of a three-book drama series, "A Voice from New Mill Creek: The Methodists," as an e-book. In April, 2013, he released his second e-book and first romance novel, "Goodnight Paige." In July, 2013, Tony released a guidebook titled "How Tony Wrote and Published Two Novels." In May 2014, he published "The Star of India, "the second novel in the Voice From New Mill Creek drama series.

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