What Is a Good Heart?
A close friend asked one of us, “What is a good heart?” We never had been asked this before. Our response is below. What is your response?
A good heart first has suffered. In the suffering, the person knows that all on this planet are subjected to suffering and so his heart is compassionate, patient, supportive, and loving as best he can in this fallen world. The good heart is forgiving, ever forgiving, vigilant in forgiving. The good heart tries to be in service to others. The good heart is no longer afraid of suffering and has joy because of the suffering, not in spite of it. Having suffered and having passed through suffering, the good heart dances. Others do not understand the good, joyous heart. Yet, the one with the good heart does not compromise the goodness and the joy. It is like a valuable gift received and she knows it.
I want to have a good heart. It takes work. It is not easy.
To find joy in suffering is to unlock the secret of the abundant life. It is a treasure to be kept and also given to others at the same time.
The good heart is not afraid of suffering. I think it is because we know that we have a response to other’s unfairness and this gives us confidence.
A good heart has suffered. So true. Suffering either kills us or makes us more beautiful.