A Word from Our Chaplain

“So many books, so little time,” goes the saying. So many have I read, yet so many have I yet to read. Nevertheless, I must commend to you one of my all time favorites, a little book that, by appearances, might seem for a child, but most assuredly is equally for adults, if not more so. It’s called, The Little Prince, or, in its original language, Le Petit Prince, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (it’s been translated into at least 190 languages!). It’s a wonderful little story about a young boy, the Little Prince, who lives on his own very tiny planet, Asteroid B-612, where he cares for three volcanoes and a rose. He journeys away to learn about the meaning of life, and after visiting a number of little planets ends up on Earth, where he meets a little fox, who teaches him a most important lesson, one that the fox offers in a most memorable way: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

February is annually celebrated as American Heart Month, which emphasis is on, clearly, health of the heart…you know, eating right, exercising, perhaps meditating, getting enough sleep, and more really good stuff that we all pretty much know about but mostly don’t do as often as we should. From the website of PBS’ NOVA television series we read, “Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.” Likely, you don’t do anything consciously or otherwise more than that, so your heart is crazy important to you. Get it?

But what else is it about your heart that is worth pondering? (And don’t say, “Beats me!”) Well, just this: it is where we say love lives, in the heart. Love “makes the world go ’round,” “is a many-splendored thing,” “is patient,…kind…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things…never ends.” And it’s where the little fox believes the essence of life is, where our deepest wisdom dwells, and our purest intent.

Your heart does need good food, rest, exercise, and more. But you need your heart-probably more than anything-to just be you. May you see that rightly…and essentially.

Peace in the seeing…Harry

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