"Don't lose heart," says a friend to another who has been discouraged by one oflife's many trials. Now how can anyone lose a heart? I ask. Easily, by getting discouraged. Again, the heart becomes a symbol for pumping life into a system, but not a physical one.
When one gets to theheart of the matter, she gets to its center - that which gives it meaning. When people beg, "Have a heart," they are asking you to be compassionate - to recognize the soul in another. Having aheart-to-heart talk means to share something from the center of our being with someone else. Speaking from the heart always implies communicating from what is real and essential in our lives.
Perhaps themost common definition of the word "heart," therefore, should recognize that "heart" is something essential to every human being, whether it is physical or not.
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The human body ismade up of a number of different systems. Each system has a separate function, but some work together.
One system is the skeleton, which serves to support the body and protect the internal organs.The respiratory system enables us to breathe and take oxygen into the blood, which moves around the body by means of the circulatory system. The digestive system enables us to take in food needed forgrowth. Waste matter is ejected from the body by means of the urinary system. The nervous system controls the other systems and enables human beings to think.
The endocrine system consists of...