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

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 woman living with ongoing cardiac symptoms, I’ve had to learn and re-learn this lesson the 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)

NOTE FROM CAROLYN:   My book, A Woman’s Guide to Living With Heart Disease is available at your local library or favourite bookstore (please support your local neighbourhood shops!) You can also order it online (paperback, hardcover or e-book) at Amazon – or order it directly from Johns Hopkins University Press (and use their code HTWN to save 30% off the list price).


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

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  2. 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–

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