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Lessons Of the Heart

I learned some important lessons recently when I had a heart attack.

  1. Relax. The world goes on without me. I have to leave my classes in the hands of other people for the rest of the school year. Guess what? They’ll managed.  I just have to let it go because there is nothing I can do about it.
  2. Patience. I was in line for a medical flight to a larger hospital to have some further tests, but I kept getting bumped by patients whose conditions were worse than mine. It is one instance when getting bumped out of line is a good thing, because it meant I was in better shape than someone else. However, it was a test of my patience as I laid in a hospital bed for several days just waiting. (Turns out I need bypass surgery.)
  3. Priorities. These types of situations tend to put things into perspective. While I might think something on my agenda is of super-importance, often the ‘urgent’ really isn’t that important. Faith, family and friends trump events, projects, and deadlines every time.


  1. Sharon Espeseth says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your circumstances and you faith, Tracy. I remember about 20 years ago when I had to leave my students with other teachers and it all worked out well. At times, but especially at times like this, we need to let go and let God be in control of our lives and the lives of those around us.

    Perhaps God is “making you lie down in green pastures . . .” and “restoring your soul.”

    I am thinking of you and praying for you, Tracy,

  2. I love your perspective, Tracy. Nothing is wasted when we turn it over to the Lord. Praying for you at this time, for peace, patience, and plenty of grace to wait.

  3. Tracy Krauss says:

    Thank you Sharon

  4. Alan anderson says:

    Hi Tracy! Thanks for the lessons. More importantly, I hope you have some time to just “be.” Enjoy each breath. Marvel at each wonder your eyes see. Be comforted by every hug that comes your way. Meditate on God’s love for you.
    As a group of writers I think we need each other in a way. We can pray as an expression of our love for each other.
    Please rest ok?

  5. Pam says:

    It’s good to hear from you Tracy. Your perspective is a good reminder for me. Thank you for sharing. Prayers are banging on the doors of Heaven for you all day long. He is listening.

  6. Ronnie Roberts says:

    Thanks for your open and honest post, Tracy. I needed to hear your story. We all do. Sending you love in this journey you’re on.

  7. Christina Chakanyuka says:

    Thinking about you and praying for you this morning Tracy. God bless you!

  8. I hope all goes smoothly for you with the doctors and nurses.

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