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Jocelyn Reyes: What does your heart say?

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Posted: March 13, 2009 12:02 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2009 4:55 a.m.
A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Reagan Presidential Library and picked up my signed copy of Bill O'Reilly's "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity."

In the "Introduction" section, O'Reilly comments that the book "defines how his opinions were formed and the experiences that shaped his thinking, propelling him into becoming one of the most controversial human beings in the world."

I thought, "All human beings are controversial. We are never simple. Most of us just don't get to be the ‘champion bloviator' that O'Reilly has become."

The complexity of human nature stems from the battle between our heart and our head. In the emotion versus reason arena, we seldom find that the way we feel and the way we think align without contradictions.

Biologically, the heart is the most important part of the human anatomy. We stop living the moment it stops beating. But as we all know, the heart does not work alone. The brain tracks the conditions around us - climate, stress, everyday life issues, new experiences and level of physical activities - and adjusts the heart to meet those needs.

Morally, the heart is the very foundation of our principles and values. It is the core of how we live and it is what makes us conform ethically within our society.

The heart gives us the caring, love and hope we need to be compassionate individuals.

It took some time before I realized that I am a Republican at heart.

There battle of the great duo (heart vs. head) has been going on within me for as long as I can remember. This is right and that is wrong, or vice versa.

In my desperate attempt to reconcile the feud between those two, I am sometimes driven toward compromising my convictions. I am very grateful that my faith in God always gives me the patience, understanding and guidance to do that, which will give me serenity and peace of mind when I go to bed at night.

I feel that there is a Democrat and a Republican in each of us.

The way we response to a given stimulus eventually determines which ideals weigh more.

Taking a closer look at my heart, it says that:

n I believe in God. My life upholds every biblical standard and my faith guides my heart to make the right choices in life - no matter how challenging it can be at times.

n Along with my belief in God, honesty and loyalty are at the top of my core values.

n I believe in family and friends.

n I believe that my individual freedom, responsibility, principles and moral values are what make America strong.

n I believe in equality for all - equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity.

n I believe hard work and initiative open opportunities for economic growth.

n I believe our system should allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn. I firmly believe "there is no such thing as a good tax."

n I believe that we should let "our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning." Winston Churchill said: "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." We are at a time in our lives when we need to believe that "the truth is incontrovertible - panic may resent it, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is."

n I believe that the government should only serve functions that individuals and private entities cannot perform. I do not agree that the nationalization of our banks is a solution to our economic mishap.

n I feel strongly that what Einstein once said is true: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." The reason we study history is so we don't repeat it.

n And finally, I believe the Republican Party is the best way to translate my ideals into successful principles of government.
What is your heart saying these days?

Perhaps, the time to really listen is now.

Jocelyn Reyes lives in Valencia and is a Senior Director of Research for a Canada-based company. She is an active leader of various youth organizations/groups in the Santa Clarita Valley and a member of the California Republican Assembly. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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