Short Story

The Heart and The Brain

About a month ago, the heart finally decided to team up with the brain in moving on.

Both organs are getting tired of fighting each other—the heart wants to wait but the brain knows there’s nothing to wait—and it weakens the soul. The brain posted a challenge to the heart: be as pathetic as you can be for a month but let go after that. The heart agreed, but with that came the most of most pain it ever felt, which the brain thought was necessary in moving forward.

And the brain was right. It was only halfway through the month when the heart felt lighter after all those times of hoping. Yes, it felt the most of most pain, but that taught the heart what the brain has long understood, that there’s no chance and waiting will never be done.

The heart sighed and muttered: I’ve wasted my time. But the brain disagreed, “No, you didn’t. All hearts traverse different paths to healing. What matters now is you found your way. And we turned your sadness into art, which is the best thing that came out of your loneliness.”

Both organs have closed the gap between the idea of freedom and actually being free. The heart need not finish the rest of the month and the brain need not look out for the heart. They are enjoying each other’s company and it strengthens the soul, everyone is happy.

But the human to which they belong could only be free for the time being, until the heart and brain fights again.

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4 thoughts on “The Heart and The Brain

  1. You have no idea how relatable your short story is to me right now! I especially love this phrase: “Yes, it felt the most of most pain, but that taught the heart what the brain has long understood…”
    I especially like how you wrote that the brain oftentimes already understands what the heart still needs to learn… like the quicker lightning compared to the slower thunder.
    Beautiful anecdote on the relationship between the heart and the brain. Thank you.

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  2. I like the way you have captured the battle of the heart and brain, particularly the ending where you acknowlege that, in time, it is almost inevitable that they will fight again. Good story 🙂

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