Everywhere I turn I keep hearing the phrase “just follow your heart," and lately it just makes me absolutely cringe. On television, in the movies, or in real life, this phrase continues to be used as so-called advice to someone who is unsure about a major decision in their life. Many times the decision is about a relationship, but it does not necessarily have to be. Maybe the decision is about the purchase of a new home, or what college you will attend. More commonly though, it will have something to do with entering into a relationship or a new phase of a relationship. I know this may not be the popular thing to say, but I would suggest NOT to follow your heart. You might ask why I would say this. Well, I simply believe that our heart is very capable of deceiving us and cannot be fully trusted. Beyond that, when someone says that they are going to follow their heart, I think they are really saying that they are going to follow their feelings. I definitely think this is a mistake. I think we all know that our feelings are very fickle and can change like the wind. If you are someone who has always followed your feelings and had great success with that, by all means feel free to ignore my two cents worth of advice.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that we do not pursue our passions. In fact, what we are passionate about oftentimes leads us to a more purposeful life. What I am saying though is that many of our decisions require much more than the simplistic approach of “just follow your heart.”
So what should we do -
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