December 21, 2010 - 4:10pm
‘Heart Disease’. With these two words, the lives of millions of women are changed in an instant.
While there is a sense of relief in knowing why your heart hurts, it is impossible to predict how this knowledge will affect your life.
Beyond the questions lies the reality that your life has taken a dramatic turn. Although chronic by nature, your viewpoint of your condition doesn’t have to be. It would seem, though, that this is a lesson best learned in retrospect.
As in ‘hindsight is’. I’ve always thought this to be a strange saying. It suggests that looking back is the only way to see if your chosen path was correct. It makes sense, I guess. Looking behind is the best vantage point from where to view the road ahead. Only from this perspective can we know if we’ve made the best use of our knowledge and time. This is the place where changes can be made and attitudes can be adjusted.
If you’ve seen ‘Pride and Prejudice’, you’ll recognize this scene: She stands on a precipice, wind blowing in her face, clouds float by intermittently shading her closed eyes. When she opens them, she has made a decision; one that she sees only now; now that she’s found time to stop and see where life has taken her. Though probably not the best time to mediate as she is standing on a cliff.
Stepping Back From The Edge
Taking a moment to meditate on the past year has brought me to some astounding conclusions. First and most importantly, I’m not alone. While the numbers already suggest that, it’s the stories we share with one another that count most. Secondly, the decisions we now make matter absolutely. Will be chose to learn and share and live our lives or will we waste the time we’ve been given.
While heart disease may be in your future, how you get there is your choice.