A not very timely note

This was a blog I once wrote during my high school and early college years. I keep it around for nostalgic purposes, but it is quite obviously no longer updated. I am looking to make a more professional blog presence in the future, but I still like to look at where I was mentally at certain points in time.

- G. Jan 2013

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Matters of the Mind and Heart" by G.

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We have alot going on inside our heads, you know. Little everyday struggles. The decisions we have to make. Your little angel and your little devil bickering over what to do. Today I want to highlight one of these struggles. The battle between your emotions and your rationality.

So we have the heart, the symbol of emotion. And we have the mind, the embodiment of thought and reason. These things have a big influence on who you are and how you make decisions. Some people are more emotional; others more rational. But is one side more important than the other? The answer can be surprising.

Rational decisions are ones that we make everyday, and very often. What to eat, what to wear, where to go, what to do. Should you go buy that new T.V or save for a rainy day? Should you go for a jog or sleep on the couch? Stuff like that. They can also get more complex, when you have to learn and work. Things like handling finances need a good dose of rationality... that certain people seem to lack :P But rational decisions are constant, and are made all the time.

Emotional decisions are a whole other story. These seem to carry alot more weight. Emotions can be a extremely powerful influence, and can intertwine with Rational decisions; these are the hardest decisions to make. They tug at your heartstrings in some way. Maybe a tragic event has happened in your life. Or you see injustice that isn't being dealt with. Or maybe it is a matter of love. Either way, there is something that triggers an emotion in you.

And its these hybrid decisions; ones that are infulenced by rational AND emotional reasons, that can dictate many things in your life. You need a healthy dose of both sides if you want to keep a healthy balance. Being too rational or too emotional can lead to many problems that really aren't neccesary.

So the struggle between the mind and heart goes on. They are both equally important, and you should try to cater to both sides when possible. Just remember, don't let yourself be overwhelmed. Let your thoughts & emotions work in harmony as much as possible.

As usual if you have something to say just leave a comment :D


Anonymous said...

this is great but what happens if your heart and head are in a battle and you have to choose one or the other?

G. said...

Hah that's a toughie, but I'll do my best.

It really depends on the situation... say you needed a job but the only place you could get one is in a far away city. You've lived in the place your in all your life, and you really don't want to leave. But you know that if you want to survive you have to take the job, no matter how you feel. That's a situation where you should listen to your head

Now lets switch gears. Say that someone has been seeing this girl for a little while. They have great chemistry but they don't have much time in their schedules to meet. Rationally, a relationship like that might not work out. But if they break it off, they will never know what they could have had; in this case they should have listened to their hearts, at least for a little while.

So when your heart and mind are locked in a struggle like that, you have to choose a side based on what the situation is. If it's a life changing dramatic event, you might not want to let emotions cloud your judgment. But if its personal, such as love, happiness, or your dreams, then your emotions can help drive you on.

But what you've asked is complicated; I can't simplify it more than that. In the end, isn't that all we can do? Try to make the best decision possible for ourselves and for our dreams, with no regrets.