Greeting from the Heart

CrowOnLightPoleLast week, I received a most unique greeting. It was a true hello from the heart!

That day, I parked my car remotely in the exercise gym parking lot—I am trying to work more steps, stairs, and moving into my daily routine. As I got out to head quickly inside and escape the cold, I heard a most unusual sound. It sounded like a crow kinda “barking.” Yes, that is the name of the sound that came to mind. At first, I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, but then I looked up. Continue reading

Heart Fitness

HeartStopwatch2I recently read that if I can’t walk continuously for six minutes at a comfortable pace, my heart fitness needs attention. That took me aback a bit. Some days, six minutes of walking seems brief. Other days, it seems an eternity, especially when I don’t feel hale and hearty, or I don’t want to walk and it’s raining, storming, snowing, windy, hot, cold … I enjoy blaming the weather those days.

The walking “test” apparently indicates my muscle and joint health. Likely the moving part indicates joint function, and the six minute timing part reveals heart function. Continue reading

Heart Expressions

CandyHeartsFor months now, I have been more aware of things around me related to heart. That includes heart pictures, art, and candy hearts, and thinking about the cardiac pump that keeps me going, too.

I am also more responsive when people say things about the heart. The words touch my ears more than ever before. One recent statement I heard was “The heart of the matter is . . .” That reminded me that the concept of heart as center permeates today’s thinking. We say “heart” to describe things near and dear—happiness, love, safety. The person was talking about something truly important to him. Continue reading