by Reba J. Hoffman, Ph.D.
Four weeks ago, I was riding my bicycle from McKleansboro, Illinois to Henderson, Kentucky on the Road to Freedom Tour when the unthinkable happened. I was climbing the bridge over the Wabash River when a ligament in my knee ripped.
Though I made it over the bridge and was able to pull off the road, my nightmare was far from over. I was stranded on the side of the road for over two hours before I could be rescued. Each time I tried to stand, dizziness would force me back to the pavement.
As I sat pondering the events of my then sixty day long bicycle tour, I lamented that it was coming to an end, right there on highway 62 in western Indiana. No more women would meet The Bicycle Lady and no more women would be set free from the torment of their past.
But God had different plans. Today my knee is healed and as I write this, I’m rebuilding the strength. I’m back on the bike, riding and am planning my next departure. People ask why I would plan to head back out on the bike when I suffered such a painful injury.
The answer is very simple. My heart tells me to go.
You, too, must follow your heart. Follow it to wherever it leads. Is it telling you to write a story? Great! Then sit your butt in the chair and pound out the keys. Is your heart leading you to open a coffee shop? Better start ordering mugs.
You will never be satisfied or fulfilled in life unless or until you follow your heart. Hundreds of people have told me they could never ride their bicycle cross country. I know that. It’s not in their heart. It’s in mine. They were not meant to.
We all have something in our own heart that compels us to get up each day and embrace life. It’s individual. Unique to us. No one else will fully understand how it drives us.
Today, while it is still today, I urge you to follow your heart, wherever it leads you. If you do, you’ll make your mark in the world. You’ll live life to its fullest and will be energized with purpose.
Your gifts will make room for you when you follow your heart. So what are you waiting for? Live your dream!
Are you following your heart? If you did, where would it lead you? Share it here!
Reba J. Hoffman is the founder and president of Magellan Life Coaching (www.magellanlifecoaching.com). She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Counseling and is a natural encourager. She serves as Member Care Coach for My Book Therapy and is the author of Dare to Dream, A Writer’s Journal. You can connect with Reba through her motivational blog, Finding True North, or by email at email@example.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MagellanCoach.