This blog post recommending “follow your heartbreak” got my attention:
“There was one line Andrew said during his workshop that gave me an instant emotional hit. He said, “Don’t follow your bliss. Follow your heartbreak.” That’s a powerful way to reframe your life purpose.
I realized that my bliss and my heartbreak both point in the same direction. I follow my joy and my heartbreak simultaneously because they’re two sides of the same coin.
Andrew’s statement reminded me of this quote from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet:
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
For me it was a broken heart from my first love that lead me to look a little deeper, go a little further and burn a little brighter than I would have otherwise – thanks Sal, looking forward to meeting young Ella.
On another level perhaps seeing pain in places like Ethiopia, The Middle East and Brazil has definitely inspired my work, and from a more everyday British angle the suffering of people working in soul destroying jobs in the the UK. So…more pain please God, like I have to ask…:-)
Heartbreak So What: How do you follow your heartbreak?