What Does It Mean To ‘Sharpen the Saw’ of Your Heart?

The heart is a combination of social and emotional dimensions within our lives because we constantly develop this aspect based off of interpersonal leadership, empathic communication, and creative cooperation. We feed off of how those personal relationships with others in our lives are evolving. In order to renew your heart dimension, you must constantly exercise it on a daily basis; however, the renewal comes from our normal everyday interactions with those people we have built relationships with in our life.

A simple way to exercise your heart dimension is to hear people out, even if you have a difference of opinion. Opening up the floor for discussion and truly listening to what the other has to say is key. Although you may not see it the same way they do, you’re able to at least understand why they see their side. You can then proceed to explain your viewpoint in a way that is understood by them as well. If both sides are properly discussed, there should be ground for alternative solutions— a moment for both individuals to together find a solution that may offer extraordinary benefits. This ability is something that can help in all relationships within your life because it eliminates the matter of intellect, but rather, introduces a matter of emotion and personal security.

If an individual is feeling insecure whether it be personally or emotionally, communicating ones’ opinions can become very threatening. The part we must understand is that to feel intrinsically validated, we must work on ourselves from the inside-out. It comes from deep within our own mind and heart, and by finding a mutual understanding in controversy, we eliminate the risk of causing insecurity and rather promote a healthy conversation. We continue to build on these relationships daily, and see our actions come full circle.

In the words of Stephen R. Covey

There is security that comes when you authentically, creatively and cooperatively interact with other people and really experience these interdependent habits. … The late Dr, Hans Selye, in his monumental research on stress, basically says that a long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to and bless the lives of others. His ethic was “earn thy neighbor’s love.”