“Follow your heart.” It’s one of the mottos of today’s world. It’s a romantic and engaging idea. Perhaps the idea began to gain force back in the 1500’s when a playwright named William Shakespeare adapted a previous work into his play entitled “Romeo and Juliet.” The play chronicled the love between the two amidst a terrible feud between their families. In the end, both die tragically before they can be together. So in a way, they have become a symbol for following your heart before it’s too late.
In our world today, we receive much encouragement to follow our hearts. Actor Robin Williams once said “There are no rules. Just follow your heart.” The late entrepreneur Steve Jobs who guided Apple to lead the revolution in computers and electronic devices said “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Singer Celine Dion said “if you follow your dreams, it means you follow your heart. If you do follow your heart, I don’t think you can go wrong.” There is certainly great value in paying attention to our hearts and what comes out of them.