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Wednesday Wisdom: Brain to Heart

I haven’t binged on a show for a good while but from the recommendations of both my teacher and a podcast, my sister and I recently haven begun to watch and love “Parks and Recreation.” I was told that it’s a show about everyday people overcoming all sorts of problems that arise. In a way, I think this is almost every TV show, but “Parks and Recreation” has a certain charm to it. As evident from the title, the show is about the Parks and Recreation Department of the small rural town of Pawnee located in Indiana. The protagonist is the determined, optimistic Leslie Knope who is the deputy director of the department, and the show is depicted in a mockumentary style, the same as its sister show “The Office.”
I heard this quote on “Parks and Recreation” in the episode “The Bubble” from season 3. Chris Traeger, played by Rob Lowe, was recently installed as the interim city manager for Pawnee after the previous one suffered a heart attack. In this episode, he begins to make some changes to the city government by shifting employees responsibilities and positions around. Tom, a co-worker of Leslie’s, expresses his unease with his new responsibilities. As a response, Chris says the following: “Let the brain unlock the door to your heart's future.”
I cannot tell you how much of a person I am that goes with their heart in split-second decisions. My knee-jerk reaction to most things is an emotional response. Tom, Leslie’s co-worker, would prefer not work in government, and only works for the Parks and Rec department in order to grow his network so he can eventually become a successful, well-connected entrepreneur. He impulsively launches products and immediately plans their release with his co-workers. As much as Tom is insensitive, he goes with his gut, and I relate to that.
With his response, Chris asks Tom to really think about the opportunity that has been presented to him with the new changes in place. Use your brain, your mind, to reflect and guide your heart to where it ultimately wants to be in life -- that’s what I got from this quote.
I admit, I do a lot of reflection, some of which just comes with anxiety and depression. “Did I do this right?” “I made a mistake. I hope they don’t think I’m stupid.” “Did I come off as weird?”  Self-doubt arises from my reflections. But this isn’t the kind of reflection Chris Traeger wants. He wants reflections that explore, “What can I do to make the most of this? How can I improve?” I believe that if we all take the time reflect on our own situations, we can be closer to what we ultimately want in life. For those that have already achieved this, congrats! But for those that don’t exactly know what they hope to see behind the door, keep reflecting and live through those reflections. We’ll open the doors to someplace great.

Wednesday Wisdom: Brain to Heart