This piece is from the introduction to Resilient Heart, and it is directed toward women, though it certainly can be true for men too.
“I believe that the real metaphor in heart disease is that many of us are walking around with broken hearts. I know I was and I didn’t even realize it because it was an issue I had worked on for years. I thought I had done the work.
As women, we have had many reasons to suffer broken hearts. We have only just begun to get equal rights with men. We have been paid less, devalued, considered second class citizens and have been held back in all kinds of ways. It’s in our DNA. I also imagine that most women reading this book have had failed relationships, because our generations have been the guinea pigs for creating a new relationship model that was different than our parents and we have struggled to get it right.
Many of us have had our hearts broken and haven’t had time to grieve because we were left as single parents trying to survive and provide for our children. Who had time to mend a broken heart? I didn’t! I was in survival mode for 14 years and couldn’t think about myself. During those 14 years I had other relationships that ended up breaking my heart to compound the issue.
It is time for us to realize that we are the very essence of the Divine, that we are beautiful, have great value,are bright, creative and we are not going to be held back. It’s time to mend our broken hearts and stop this epidemic of heart disease. It is my hope that by reading this book you are inspired to take the steps to heal your heart before you have a heart attack. Women no longer need to be statistics of any kind. “