Monday, March 8, 2010

Listening to Your Heart

I sometimes wish I had a road map for living. If only someone would occasionally show me a way to go, a direction to take, it seems things could be easier. Have you ever thought like that?

But it doesn't take me long to remember that others probably feel as confused as I do.

Passengers on a regular flight from Detroit to Tri-City Airport (which is situated between the Michigan cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland), must have felt a little more than confused during a flight attendant's greeting. Obviously not familiar with the area, she welcomed everyone warmly and stated that the destination would be Midland. A few concerned passengers alerted her to the mistake, so she quickly corrected herself by saying they were headed to Tri-City and Bay City.

Chuckles rippled along the aisle as she bravely tried again. This time she informed passengers that their destination was Saginaw. Now laughter broke out.

At that point, an authoritative voice came over the intercom and rescued her. "I'm your pilot, folks," he said, "and don't worry -- I know where we're going."

It's nice when someone knows the way. But does anyone know the way YOU should be going? The way you should go in your life?

The truth is -- we really can't depend on others for the most important answers about living our lives. People can help, but nobody can truly decide what is best for us; nobody else can steer us along that individual path that we should take.

But the good news is this: we will eventually find the way ourselves. And I believe we'll find it best by listening. Listening to our hearts; listening to an inner voice.

I've learned that if I listen well, I will discover that the solution I need is usually there, hiding within. It may be irritatingly well hidden, but it is there nevertheless.

Perhaps you feel a bit lost. Most of us do at times. And if so, don't worry. This may be a perfect time to listen. Listen to that quiet voice within. And while you listen, remember this -- your inner pilot knows where you're going.

-- Steve Goodier

Image: De Wachter


Unknown said...

Dear Steve,

Its been years since I have been reading your messages. Todays message was by far truly for me.

Thanks, I need to listen within to get a clear picture of my path.


Cathryn said...

Hi, Steve,

This story came at the right time. I'd just discovered a dumb mistake, mine. The story made me laugh and remember how small, in the scheme of things, the mistake really was.

I've included your piece on my blog (, with attribution and a big thanks.

Cathryn Wellner

Steve Goodier said...

Isn't it nice when we can laugh at our own mistakes?

Denise said...

Steve, here's Good News... There is a road map for daily living: The Holy Bible. B-I-B-L-E Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.
You can't listen to your heart. The heart can be deceptive and lead you to places you ought not visit. That little voice you hear: whose is it?? Too many times a person only wants to listen to what they wish to hear. There's only one truth and one path by which to find it. Give the Bible a read and hear what God has to say to you. He will never deceive you nor ever lead you astray. He is perfect love. Thank you for reading this!