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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Maureen Pratt Author PicIt’s TLC Tuesday again! And between last week and this week, so many more problems have cropped up in our world and in our lives. Large and small, these troubles can stir up a lot of fear, angst, worry, and dread. Sometimes, you might think it would be so nice to just “get away from it all!” But would that be irresonsible? Naive? Childish?

Not at all!

We need to balance the “bad” with the “good” in our lives, and we need to make sure that we’re not overwhelmed by the challenges and pain we see and experience. Why? Because there is more to life than problems, and there is more to the world than darkness.

If you cannot physically remove yourself from your daily routine today, think of a way that you can journey, however briefly, to someplace that isn’t quite in the eye of the storm. Groom a pet. Walk through a garden. Revisit the pictures from a relaxing and wonderful vacation. Put your swirling, troublesome thoughts on hold for a few minutes and let them be replaced by somewhere other and blessed, someplace of peace, tranquility, and gentle strength.

I keep a kind of mental scrapbook of places and people that I’ve enjoyed in the past, and when times are difficult, I try to dust it off and leaf through it. By doing this, I remind myself that, although they might seem immediately onerous, “bad” days and times and problems do pass, and the “good” ones return! Yes, they do!

Joy and peace,

Maureen

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