Socrates died for his beliefs. Ultimately, his heart determined his outcome and he stood up for his heart. He lived and died by his words.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates believed that wisdom came from knowing oneself. It was a free-thinking, unorthodox, and unprecedented stance for the time, and laid the foundation for systems of logic and philosophy. After a military defeat of Athens, there was a rise in nationalism, and Socrates was put on trial for his beliefs. He was ultimately sentenced to death by hemlock, and it is told that he accepted his fate calmly.
There is a list of famous people, following Socrates who have stood up for what they had in their hearts, and for their beliefs. Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela to name a few. We can argue on the list of people, and their contributions but it’s unequivocal that these people had a mission and nothing was going to stand in their way in pursuing that mission.
Even us “common folk”, I believe, are forgers of a destiny. A magnificent place that we all dream of, and aspire too and nothing will stand in our way of achieving that dream. That’s my belief. My purpose has been defined by understanding a few simple things and understanding your own purpose, and what’s in your heart is as simple as one-two-three. That’s my belief.
What are you willing to give up, in pursuit of your dream?
This can be as simple as giving up a second cup of coffee if you dream of sleeping better at night. or putting aside sugar in your pursuit of a healthy physique. I use simple carefully though. It’s simple in theory but perhaps not so, in practice.
Would you give up your well-paying job to concentrate on developing your own business, around which you can structure a life of freedom? Freedom in this instance is how you plan your day. Being free to take your kids to school, attend their sporting events, or being completely present for them, as opposed to being tied into a corporate position. That type of freedom. You won’t die from this standpoint, but it will take some firm belief of your values, and sincere consideration for what’s in your heart.
When you need to find your courage, where does it come from?
Thinking back on Socrates, I think that his courage came firmly from his beliefs and what was right at the time. What we know now, is that he was a pioneer in forward thinking and regardless of whether he was supported in those beliefs he stood firm and found courage in his unwavering resolve.
It’s what sets your heart racing. It’s what you know to be true and just and what you would not waver from. It’s courage for someone you love and standing up for them when they can’t. It’s having a dream and relentlessly going after it.
Understanding where your courage comes from pinpoints your purpose and ultimately it sets free what’s in your heart.
Listening to your heart
Literally, when we are onto something and are having epiphanies, our heart rate increases. Listening becomes easier because you can feel it too. It skips a beat, it races, it flutters.
Roxette said it best:
Sometimes you wonder if this fight is worthwhile
The precious moments are all lost in the tide, yeah
They’re swept away and nothing is what is seems
The feeling of belonging to your dreams
Listen to your heart………….