Happy Thanksgiving to those near and far. Today and everyday, wherever we may be, may we remember to give thanks for the blessings in our lives and the blessings that soon will be. — Tanya A. Goodman
Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up.
One who continues to advance will win in the end.
“The win was a surprise to everyone but Billy Mills, who for years had written ‘Gold medal, 10,000-meter run’ in his workout journal. The night before the race, he added, ‘God has given me the ability, the rest is up to me. Believe, believe, believe.
“’It’s the journey, not the destination, that empowers us. It’s the daily decisions we make in life, not just the talent we possess, that choreographs our destiny.’” – Excerpted from “Billy Mills: Wings of an Eagle,” by Peggy Shinn for http://www.teamusa.org.
Image of painting by Pat Mills courtesy of Voice of America website.
As a journalist and Catholic, I had to re-blog this post today. I might mention, I am also preparing for an exam. So, I spent a little preparation time on the Internet seeking prayers for exam takers I could add to my own.
This blog post proved particularly interesting to me. It mentioned Marshall McLuhan. Anyone who has ever studied journalism knows the name Marshall McLuhan. A man of insight, he is well-known and respected in the field of media.
I am taking a final exam in Financial Accounting. The course is from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, online through Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/). It is an introductory course — fundamentals. I am a creative type. I don’t do numbers. So why did I sign up? I love to learn. I never stop learning. I wanted to be more literate when talking business. I wanted to do more than just read the text (checking grammar and finding typos) and judge the layout of annual reports. I really wanted to understand and decipher what the numbers were saying.
The past few weeks have been busier than I expected. I have not had the time to devote to this course as planned. Dr. Brian Bushee is entertaining and informative. But, once again, I don’t do numbers. Getting it (the information) is hard and retaining it, harder still.
Frustration has been a constant visitor these past few week. I was looking forward to the end of this course. Then I read this post. McLuhan spoke of “Joy and all the excitement and satisfaction to be found in study and in understanding.” Huh? Really?
Oh, yeah. I remember. I had lost the joy of discovery. Can one blog post bring such enlightenment? Well, after a lot of prayer, reflection and time, this blog post proved to be the impetus I needed to change my outlook about this course.
I am relearning my lessons through joy of discovery lenses. I started out with them but must have displaced them for a while. They are back on to stay.
I know now that joy of discovery and study are essential to learning and preparation. Prayer is an important part of that equation as well. For everyone facing exams, I am praying for you as well.
“Annunciation” by Maerten van Heemskerck (1546)
Many of you are students, or know a student — and students are needing prayers about this time of year. (Exams!)
While speaking with ‘Rosary Priest’ Father Patrick Peyton, convert to Catholicism and media professor Marshall McLuhan revealed his favorite title of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Our Mother (Our Lady) of Good Studies:
I think of Our Lady as a perpetual means of aid in my studies. I think of her as Our Mother of Good Studies all the time. She herself, having spent her years in the temple as a young girl studying the scriptures, has always been made as the patron of studies, has she not?
This seems to me, at a time like this, as a very great role for her to play, because the things we now have to study in the world are rather tremendous and new.
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Bless them abundantly
For the hardships they faced,
For the sacrifices they made
For their many different contributions
To America’s victories
Over tyranny and oppression.
We respect them, we thank them,
And we pray that you will watch over
These special people
And bless them with peace and happiness.
Excerpted from Joanna Fuchs “Veteran’s Day Prayer”
How often do we let one conversation define a relationship? A paucity of words or “one word too many” can begin erosion of what has taken years to build. Words can be wounding and their absence deafening. One thing said or done may leave us off kilter, but only momentarily. We seek balance. We cannot be stuck in a moment in time. Let us go forward remembering, living and loving the goodness of the whole. — Tanya Goodman
A person isn’t who they are during the last conversation you had with them — they’re who they’ve been throughout your whole relationship.
— Rainer Maria Rilke