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An ode to lungs

This morning, I came across this written piece of art and it moved me, so I had to share it with all of you!




My brain and heart divorced a decade ago over who was to blame about how big of a mess I have become. Eventually, they couldn't be in the same room with each other.


Now my head and heart share custody of me. I stay with my brain during the week

and my heart gets me on weekends. They never speak to one another - instead, they give me the same note to pass to each other every week and their notes they send to one another always says the same thing:


"This is all your fault"



On Sundays my heart complains about how my head has let me down in the past.


And on Wednesday my head lists all of the times my heart has screwed things up for me

in the future.


They blame each other for the state of my life there's been a lot of yelling - and crying

so, lately, I've been spending a lot of time with my gut who serves as my unofficial therapist.


Most nights, I sneak out of the window in my ribcage and slide down my spine

and collapse on my gut's plush leather chair that's always open for me


~ and I just sit sit sit sit until the sun comes up


Last evening, my gut asked me if I was having a hard time being caught between my heart and my head.


I nodded. I said I didn't know if I could live with either of them any more. "My heart is always sad about something that happened yesterday while my head is always worried about something that may happen tomorrow,"


I lamented my gut squeezed my hand. "I just can't live with my mistakes of the past

or my anxiety about the future,"


I sighed, my gut smiled and said: "in that case, you should go stay with your lungs for a while,"


I was confused - the look on my face gave it away "if you are exhausted about your heart's obsession with the fixed past and your mind's focus on the uncertain future your lungs are the perfect place for you. There is no yesterday in your lungs, there is no tomorrow there either.


There is only now


There is only inhale


There is only exhale


There is only this moment


There is only breath and in that breath you can rest while your heart and head work their relationship out."


This morning, while my brain was busy reading tea leaves and while my heart was staring

at old photographs I packed a little bag and walked to the door of my lungs before I could even knock, she opened the door with a smile and as a gust of air embraced me she said "what took you so long?"



~ John Roedel (johnroedel.com)

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