"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars." ~Kahlil Gibran
I have thought on this passage quite often; as to where those scars can lead. And having recently needed to sign into Wordpress [the account was necessary in order to Comment on other Wordpress blog posts.] I was reminded of the Writer's Journal that I set up merely to brainstorm ideas, back in 2008, but never even composed a first or introductory entry. Until today:
It is by the brain that we receive our reasoning and motor skills. Our technological or creative skills. Where we rumage through, store, and/or hide our Memories. But it is by the Heart that we either exist or physically cease to be. It is by the Heart that our emotions rise and/or tremble. Swell or fall. While tears roll free of our eyes, it is the Heart that aches with either the pain or joy of any given moment. It is by the Heart that we chose either Love, or the preservation of Self. It is by the Heart that our voices sing, and/or rally to a cause. And there eventually comes a time when we chose to live by a Heart filled of Compassion, or one fueled by anger. It is by the Heart that great pain is tempered, and scars of past wrongs are healed. And by the Heart that we forgive. It is also by the Heart that our future is revealed, once we chose to see.
"Look at things not with the eyes in your face but with the eyes in your heart." ~Leonard Crow Dog