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Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Just Because

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Today’s a great day to encourage yourself and others…just because.

So often, we wait to express our appreciation, admiration, or pleasure to someone else. It might be a spouse who lives alongside of us, or it might be someone we don’t see, but hear at the end of the telephone during our daily business interactions. We might be in a bad flare, and not able to think or do much beyond “getting through the day,” so encouraging ourselves seems a far-off ability. We might be so busy that we don’t think beyond the surface of everyone we meet or interact with.

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Oh, yes, we remember those “days to commemorate,” that is, the birthdays or anniversaries marked on our calendar. We will drop everything and pick up the telephone if we hear of someone’s accident, loss, or diagnosis of a serious illness.

But, sometimes, it is good to take time to say, “I appreciate you,” or “I’m going to encourage myself,” …yes, just because. Moreover, it can make the rest of the day seem more special and more enlivened.

So, today, reach out. Cheer on. Appreciate.

Just because!

Peace,

Maureen

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TLC Tuesday: All About Us

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Maureen Pratt Picture 1Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope that, if you celebrate today, you will have a fond and festive time.

Any kind of holiday centered on a particular race or ethnicity makes me think of what makes us us. I also think about this when I hear of genetic studies and how scientists are trying to identify genes or traits that can indicate what characteristics we might have, or what illnesses we might be prone to get. Of course, we do inherit certain things from our forebears. A laugh. A lisp. Blue eyes. Bald head. It makes me smile when new parents coo over their newborn child, trying to figure out whose nose he has, or whose tiny hands she inherited.

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But, really, we are us beyond our genetics or inherited habits – and therein lies the mystery of being human.

God calls us each by our unique name. He knew us before we were born. We’re not cookie-cutter clones of those who went before us. Nor are we meant to walk down the path chiseled into the landscape by generations prior to ours.

We bring individual gifts, our unique heart and soul.

I’m honored that I have some traits of some of the people in my family. But I also an honored that God has given me this life, to be his child.

If you’re Irish today, well so am I, and again, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! But that’s not all about us – we’re much more than any label could convey!

Yes, we are each unique. And loved by God in our own name.

Peace,

Maureen

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Food for Thought: Participatory Humor

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Image courtesy of Victor Habbick/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The old saying goes, “Laughter is contagious,” and so often, we discover that’s true. Someone in a meeting starts to giggle. He or she happens to glance over at a coworker, and that person “catches” the giggle, tries to stifle it, but cannot. Soon, a current of funny starts darting about the room until, finally, someone’s giggle becomes and out and out gaffaw, and everyone has a good, long laugh.

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It’s hard to think of enjoy that kind of humorous moment by yourself. Of all the emotional gifts we have, I think God gave us laughter absolutely to share – to participate in humor, and to collectively enjoy the stress-freeing, joy-filled experience together.

I like to share things that I find funny with others. That way, my “giggle” can ignite someone else’s, and soon we can be laughing openly, enjoying the bond of humor and humanity that is so wonderful for and to us.

Today, try to find humor – and then share it! Participate in humor, and let it catch on and lift up life today and always,

Peace,

Maureen

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A Praying Spirit: Pray It Aloud

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Today, we think of it as speaking in our regular tone and volume, but did you know that an archaic meaning for the word “aloud” is “singing with joy?”  For this post, I’d like to suspend our contemporary understanding of “aloud” and focus on the one meant ages and ages ago:

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When we pray this week, let’s sing with joy!

Let’s extend our voices and the range of our prayers to embrace the world, even to the darkest corners. Let’s praise our God for His creation, His Son, and all of His many blessings.

Let’s extoll our God’s power and dominion over us and appreciate that, when we put ourselves in His supremely capable hands, we are protected and loved.

Yes, this week, let’s pray it along – Sing with joy!

And let that song fill our hearts every moment of our lives.

Peace,

Maureen

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