Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Telling the Truth Tuesday: My heart
Two things, actually. Documented Atrial fibrillation (a-fib for short) and premature atrial contractions (PAC's).
Neither one is life threatening, but it does put me at greater risk for stroke. I will have to take medication for the irregular heart rhythms because my heart beats dangerously fast when I go into A-fib and the PAC's are precursors to A-Fib. Doc said I really don't have a choice. Hopefully we can get a good dose that eases the symptoms before I leave for South Africa.
I knew I would have to deal with these kinds of health issues as I aged, but I didn't expect this kind of problem at 64. But I guess one never expects a health issue when it happens. And I've learned that to whine and complain about such things is a waste of time and energy. We must simply accept what is happening, deal with it as best we can, and move on.
I guess the reason I am posting about this is that I want to shine a light on language. I've used words like, "I hate my legs, I hate my body," etc, and I think our subconscious takes those words literally.
I am paying attention to my thoughts and my feelings about my body now in ways I never have before. My new motto is "I am perfectly healthy." And my new attitude is respectful towards and honoring this body I have been given.
How about you?