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Heart Matters

Did you know that if you are the hopeless romantic type — fall in love over and over… you may have a short life span?

The heart has about 2 billion beats to burn up in a lifetime.

A hummingbird burns it in 2 years, and a tortoise in 200.

Does this mean be a boring lover who takes little risk? Or, work out every lunch hour of every day? Or, take that well honed—honorably earned fight or flight instinct and anesthetize it with valium, too much television or some new Christian Faith?

I’m thinking that everything is good for you every once in awhile—foolish love, why not? Once a pro, like me you graduate to speculative love with aerobically minded people. This almost solves all the problems if your goals have to do with living long. But being an experimenter of this method, I will admit: fight or flight climbs the latter. If your new speculative love—(you know the one that for once in your life you’re being careful about) is not on the same slow schedule you’re on—sudden bursts of desperate midnight calls and self invitations to your house for dinner that you cook, for instance.

Blue Whales have the largest hearts of all of our species. 7 tons. They travel at a 100 ft long. Their hearts are about as large as a small room with 4 chambers a child could walk through. I’m not saying get involved with a Whale. I mean, that’s a lot of fish, and a lot of responsibilty. And if you have a crush on another fishie, could you imagine the proportions of the jealousy tantrums?

Moving right along… to have a heart as large, ancient and slow beating as the blue whale— who mates once in a lifetime to have babies that drink 100 gallons of milk a day—maybe that’s the image we take into our overworking human hearts…

Oh but maybe not that big.
I mean, that’s a lot of baggage for the human heart to carry.

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