Heart as Center

One meaning of heart this blog explores is heart as the center—the main, the middle, the foundation. Here are several common expressions about heart as the center, and the meaning I find in them. 

BulbIdeaWithHeartThe heart of the matter—the central idea. It’s the essence of a situation, an idea, or a problem—the main point or obvious solution. It’s what’s left after everything non-essential is stripped away.

When I think of violence in the world, the heart of the matter is that people should act out of love, not fear. When I am overweight and not fit, the heart of the matter is that I need to take better care of me.

MapOfMariettaHeartThe heart of the city—the middle of town. It is a location that displays the character of a city. It comes to mind when people talk about the culture of a place.

When I think of the heart of Atlanta, I think of Centennial Olympic Park—a gift from the 1996 Olympics—a place that showcases this wonderfully multi-cultural city. When I think of the heart of my hometown, I think of its downtown, where people come together to eat, shop, and do business.

HeartOFTheBibleThe heart of the story—the message in an account of events. It’s the main point shared with the reader or listener. It’s the meaning or inspiration behind the words.

When I think of stories Dad told me about growing up on a Minnesota family farm in the 1920s, the heart of every story is each person’s tireless efforts to serve the family. When I think of the heart of stories in the Bible, Quran, and other great religious books, I think of timeless messages of love.

What do you want to share about the meaning of heart as the center?

RedHeartClosingSymbol Susan

2 thoughts on “Heart as Center

  1. Victoria September 17, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Good post. I have to admit, the first thing that comes to mind in regards to “heart as center” is mostly filled truffles!


  2. SusanU September 17, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    The truffle picture in your mind spurs thoughts of warm peach cobbler in my mind, and it makes me hungry, to boot! Thanks.


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