Everybody Has a Hungry Heart


Got a wife and kids in Baltimore Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

Everybody's got a hungry heart...

Everybody needs a place to rest
Everybody wants to have a home
Don't make no difference what nobody says
Ain't  nobody like to be alone

Everybody's got a hungry heart..


I saw Bruce Springsteen the other night in Toronto.  In addition to his phenomenal demonstration of physical endurance (at age 66 he played for 3.5 hours with no breaks... not even a breather between songs)... the concert was awesome.   Songs and bands that go the distance do so at least partly because of the powerful words of truth and tragedy woven into the lyrics and music.

 Everybody has a hungry heart.

 Yes.  We do.  But that's not the tragic part.  The part that fuels the song industry is the fact that we can't seem to find the right food for it much of the time and so our hearts stay in a state of chronic yearning.   Unsure, unfulfilled, unhappy, unsatisfied and...well... hungry.

 And to further complicate the tragedy, we do things that actually sabotage being fulfilled.  We make choices that make the hunger worse.   We dread being alone and without a 'home'... but we "go for a ride and don't go back".  We long for "a place to rest' but we make 'wrong turns and just keep going'.   We flow as helplessly and unknowingly as the river without any realization of the power that could be harnessed.   We blindly drift, run, or 'carry on'... rather than stopping to orient ourselves and correct our wrong turns.... and our hearts become more and more mal-nourished and emaciated.

 It doesn't have to be like that.  The way to nurture and nourish your hungry heart is to stop, become intentional about identifying and facing wrong turns,  and then begin the process of re-orienting, rectifying, repairing and rebuilding,  Learning how to truly nourish your heart is a life skill.  Don't settle for a fast food drive through.

 If you don't know how to begin this process... call me.  I will help.


Posted on February 9, 2016 .