I wrote this on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and these thoughts and ideas are still swirling around my heart so I wanted to discuss it with you more:
“It’s ok for our hearts to be broken for the world.” I heard this quote the other day and it resonated so deeply with me. We often talk about our hearts as these fragile things, to be protected and guarded and kept safe. Yes, there is truth in that but what if we let our hearts break more. What if we let them be ravished by the injustices in the world and did something about it.
So what sets your heart on fire? What breaks it? What keeps you up late at night? Chase after your passion and let it wreck you! Get messy, get dirty, be broken. That’s how we really live.
It’s easy to ask those questions on a social media platform. It’s harder to ask them to yourself day in and day out and actually do something about it. We live in an age where our written words have so much power. But if there isn’t any action that follows, is there still power? Or maybe we just don’t know what the next step looks like. Here’s what I want to do: I want to take each of those questions above and think through some practical ways we can ask ourselves these questions and then go do something about it
1. So what sets your heart on fire?
What does this even mean? For me, it actually feels fiery. For the most part I can be a pretty relaxed person but issues of social justice truly fire me up. Maybe for you it’s hearing about the ugly truths of human trafficking? Maybe it’s knowing that girls around the world don’t have the same opportunities that you have had? Whatever it is, if your hearts on fire, don’t be rash, be educated.
My simple solution: Google the topic and make yourself an expert. Read everything. Call people. Ask questions. It’s so easy to jump full head into a cause and not know all the facts. It’s not about having the loudest battle cry, it’s about being an educated global citizen fired up about the right things.
2. What breaks it?
This question is a bit similar to the one above but its more about compassion than just passion. It’s easy to get so riled up and angry about injustice and want to fight, fight, fight. But there’s something to be said about the still, small whisper. The waiting before the action. The tenderness that comes in listening to those personally effected.
So before you run to the nearest protest with your picket sign, maybe just sit in it. Sit in the brokenness. Sit with those who are suffering. Ask yourself why? Why do you feel so (com)passionate about this cause? What’s your personal connection to it? Is this a fleeting thing or will you stick it out?
3. What keeps you up late at night?
If the fire is there even after you sit in it, if your heart is still breaking with a sense of urgency, you’re going to have to do something. It will keep you up at night. It will be a consuming thought. Now comes the real action. So what do I suggest?
Find someone (or some organization) that is doing it well and join them. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Invest in something and make it better. There needs to be more people joining forces to really see long-lasting change for social justice issues. Bring your unique gifts and talents but join those before you because at the end of the day we are always standing on the shoulders of giants.
When these things happened to my heart in regards to the global water crisis and women and girls, I didn’t need to go start my own non-profit. I had the backing, support, and foundation of Healing Waters to make The Her Initiative happen. I became an “intraprenuer.” To hear more about my own journey in this, head over to the Chapter Be podcast I did a few weeks ago.
Excited to be on this journey together. Let’s keep supporting each other in what sets our hearts on fire.