Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent.
Something to think about....
I received the "prayer" below in an email this week and thought it was very good―especially as we approach the holiday season, when we should be full of good cheer and love for our fellow man. I'm sure all of you have noticed how that good cheer and love sometimes disappear during the rush of Christmas shopping and getting ready for the holidays.
So, whatever our belief system is, I think we can all glean some good from this piece.
The Best Prayer I've Heard In A Long Time
Heavenly Father, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in
traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day
and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry
and spend a few precious moments with her children.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man
who can' t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college
student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of
not getting his student loans for next semester.
Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum begging for money in the
same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to
addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.
Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through
the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this
moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last
week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.
Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us,
the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with
those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to
us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive,
show patience, empathy and love.
A Word From Pat
I hope every has had a
wonderful November. And that those of us in the U.S. had a great
The day before we left for Mississippi, I was on the phone with one of my aunts, seventy-seven years old and a chain smoker, and I asked her if she needed for me to bring her anything. She said, in her most pronounced southern Mississippi drawl, "No, Trish, I guess I have everything an old woman could want. I've got my walker, my potty chair and my oxygen tank."
My brain immediately yelled, "OXYGEN TANK?" But very gently, so as not to seem as if I didn't think she knew what she was doing, I asked, "Aunt Jerl, how does the oxygen work with the cigarettes?"
Very patiently, she
explained to me, "Well, Trish, I have to turn the oxygen off before I
light a cigarette or I'll wind up in the top of one of them trees out
yonder." And I got just the slightest feeling that she may have wanted to
ask if I thought she was stupid or something.
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But when I told her what I was doing, Sandy mentioned that the website her articles are on has gone through some editing and there are now some inaccuracies in the articles. So for that reason, I'm not going to use the articles in this section. But I still highly recommend that you read them.
I'm happy to announce that Sandy has a new
blog. Here is a link to the blog:
She also dispelled
notions that fat people arenít active or healthy. Fat women, however, face
obstacles and ridicule when they go to a gym or appear in a swimsuit.
ďCome with me swimming some time [she swims 120 laps three times a week]
and youíll see that people will obviously laugh out loud when you walk
right by. I can take it because I am very happy in my own body but there
are so many women who canít."
Reader Review of the
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