“People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for…
They don’t find it,” I answered.
And yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water…”
Of course,” I answered.
And the little prince added, “But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Why can what we find be found in one rose but not in five thousand? Why is it that we pass hundreds of people every day and yet there is only one that makes our heart sing in a certain way? How can we read every holy book, every self-help manual and every book of philosophy out there and yet one question from a child can reveal more universal secrets than any of them?
There is no answer to these questions that cannot be gainsaid or argued. The true answer is in the asking itself. There are questions that the heart asks out of its experience that the brain is not equipped to answer for it is far beyond the mind’s subjectivity.
I am just at the edge of knowing courage enough to write about these questions and returning to the heart’s vision. I have owned my inner scarecrow and inner tin woodman, the lion has been on his way. Our inner depths stir calling to us, and we fear their shadows. Yet we can steer through them also when we are guided by our heart’s voice and vision.