What Steve Jobs can teach us about girl energy. 

by Jan on October 11, 2011

“Your time is limited; so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important; have the courage to follow your heart and intuition; they somehow already know what you truly want you to become.  Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs

What I love about writing a blog is that I am continually looking for things to say about hope, and I also get to think more deeply about the various ways hope shows-up.

When I saw Steve Jobs’ advice to follow our heart and our intuition it spoke to me as one of the ways that hope can be defined as distinct from optimism — optimism lives in the head. It is an attitude or thought process.

Hope lives in the heart. The hum of hope is whispering to me all the time. My heart is whispering to me all the time. But, I forget sometimes to follow what it says.

The heart has great integrity. It’s smart, wise, and compassionate. It always seems to know exactly what we most need.  

It’s the head that gets us into trouble, with it’s rationalizations and reasons…the “you cant’s” and “you shoulds” that stop us from living our fullest lives. In a 2009 TED Talk, Eve Ensler talks about the difference between girl energy (the heart) and boy energy (the head). She asserts that to save our humanity, we must embrace our inner girls–no matter what our gender –and recognizes that this might not be as easy as it sounds (nor as frivolous):

“… let’s remember that we’ve been taught the exact opposite by the powers that be, that compassion clouds your thinking, that it gets in the way, that vulnerability is weakness, that emotions are not to be trusted, and you’re not supposed to take things personally, which is one of my favorites.”

So today, set aside your reasons and do something that your heart has longed for. And, don’t forget to hope.