A friend of mine recently went through a tough time, grappling with the effects of a medical issue. She confided in me that she was wanting to take some time alone and be in thought. Respecting her privacy, I was careful not to let on to our group of friends what was going on. After about a week, a mutual friend asked me if I had seen her (as he wasn’t able to reach her). I blurted out, clumsily, “Oh, I think she went into the hospital to have her heart tested.” Then, I successfully changed the subject.
I wondered why I had instinctively said she was having her “heart tested”. That was an odd choice of words. Why did those words come out? Then it occurred to me that was ironically the best way to describe what she was going through. Her heart was being tested, by the news she was coping with.
Sometimes life throws you a curve and you have to find a way to make the best of your circumstances. Maybe it’s a medical issue, or something minor. One way or another, you will face tough times. Sometimes you will need time alone, and sometimes someone will lend you an ear.
Each day there are millions of hearts being tested.
Yours, mine, and people we love.
That’s why it’s so important to preserve interpersonal connections with friends and family through activities that bring us in close contact with one another.
We can help each other and make the burden a little easier just by sharing our daily experiences.