The days are long, but the years are short: being present is good for your heart and your life

28 Dec

by Carolyn Thomas    @HeartSisters

New York City writer Gretchen Rubin is author of the Happiness Project, an account of the year she spent test-driving every imaginable published study or popular theory about how to be happier.

She also created this short yet touching film, part exquisite photo tour of New York City, but part important life lesson as well. It’s the simple yet profound story of a mum taking her little girl to school on the bus.  Like me, you’ll want to forward this to every parent you know.

The life lesson here, however, is not just important for parents.

As a heart attack survivor, I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way, every day, over and over. More than mere ‘stop and smell the roses’ sentiment, Rubin’s tiny slide show urges us to be present for even the smallest task of daily life – yes, even the ones we dread doing.

Please watch The Days Are Long, But The Years Are Short.

(Originally published on Heart Sisters on December 22, 2009)


6 Responses to “The days are long, but the years are short: being present is good for your heart and your life”

  1. Kimberly March 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

    yeah nice…


  2. Dr. Stephen Parker December 30, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    Carolyn —

    Nice way to start the day, with watching the video…

    The shortness of the years — is certainly one of the biggest wake-up calls from heart problems. —

    so I enjoying paying attention to this wonderful cup of coffee–

    Liked by 1 person

    • Carolyn Thomas December 30, 2010 at 10:05 am #

      You’re right, Steve, it IS a lovely way to start the day – coffee AND the video!


  3. Dmadscientist December 22, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    Nice choice, Carolyn! I’m so glad I found your blog!

    Merry Christmas!

    Liked by 1 person


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