Encouragement for August: Listen to Your Heart


Ever get an idea to do something, that keeps coming back?

No, not that one about mailing a birthday card to that person whose birthday was two weeks ago… Though you do need to do that.

I’m talking about the idea you had as you were falling asleep last night, that tugs on your heart every once in a while even as you go about your work during the day. The one that tells you you should reach out to that person you haven’t talked to in a while; that says you should start that support group your community really needs; teach that lonely kid down the street how to fix a bike; or start volunteering at the senior center.

Maybe it’s something small, maybe it’s something big. Maybe you feel equipped to do it, maybe you don’t.

You don’t know what could happen until you take action.

The idea came to me a couple months ago when I realized that some of the people at my church wanted to get healthier and I might be able to help them. I wasn’t sure if it was just a passing thought, so I waited a couple weeks, during which the idea continued coming to mind. I finally decided to email my pastor, not sure of what he would say. A little while later he replied that he thought I had something to offer and he gave me the go-ahead to start planning a seminar.

Great! There must’ve been a reason I had the idea. The only problem was, well, there were a few issues. One: I had no plan. I had never done anything like this before. All I knew was that there was a need for information on healthy nutrition and holistic healing, and with my experiences and knowledge I could provide something useful. Two: I felt overwhelmed. There was a lot of information I could cover. But what should I focus on? Each topic seemed dependent on at least three others and I didn’t want to leave anything out. Three: It was a big responsibility and I was afraid of messing up.

Well, after reminding myself that the idea was legitimate and there must’ve been a reason I had the chance to see it through, I got to work. I managed to put together an outline, a PowerPoint and even record interviews with a couple friends who used nutrition and other complementary methods to heal from chronic illness holistically.