John, Chapter 14, verse 27
Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled
Shalom, which means peace, is a Hebrew
salutation. Yet Christ tells us that HIS shalom is different. It is a gift of
salvation a messianic blessing.
Through the spirit we are born again, sons and
daughters of the eternal. The world and its attractions to sin lose its sparkle
to us. Yes, we may fall from time to time, but the spirit and peace of Christ
is always with us, and we rise up again.
10 things happy professionals do
before 10 a.m.
Success often seems like a visionary goal — a feat
in life that’s attempted only after many strides, plenty of pitfalls and a
healthy serving of endurance. However, for those who consider themselves
fulfilled by their career, it’s not only a sense of accomplishment and an
impressive LinkedIn profile that defines their satisfaction with their work. In
fact, their overall desire to work harder and effectively doesn’t just stem
from extra zeros on their paycheck, but rather, it derives from a place of
happiness. As the old rhyme reminds, contentment isn’t a destination, but a
process — and if you’re smart, a priority for both your professional and
personal life. How do you carve in time to, well, improve your overall mood and
Here, life coaches and psychologists explain the
joint secrets happy professionals share:
get enough sleep
Even if college was many
moons ago, you’ve likely pulled an all-nighter in the past year. Or you’ve been
so overworked and double-booked that you spent more time tossing and turning
than resting. For those people who wake up ready – and elated – to tackle the
day ahead, the eight hours that come before the alarm clock dings are just as
important as the minutes that follow it. As licensed therapist Melody Li explains, many workers overlook the power of a good
night’s sleep in an effort to push their minds and bodies to the limit. As
studies indicate and Li reminds, not reaping the rewards of shuteye usually
results in poor memory, difficulty problem-solving and unexplained ups and downs.
Professionals who tuck themselves into bed instead of watching Netflix (or
their favorite YouTube videos on repeat)? They wake up in better spirits.
take their time
Sure, there are some
mornings that warrant that tempting snooze button, but to rise on the right
side of the bed, yoga therapist and natural health expert Dr. Lynn Anderson Ph.D., giving
yourself time to linger is key. When you feel frazzled or pressed for time,
you’ll not only make more mistakes which can bum-out your confidence levels,
but you don’t allow yourself to ease into the day’s tasks in an enjoyable
manner. “Get up early enough to relax, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and
organize the day. Rushing and running late leads to stress and stress is like a
fire extinguisher for happiness. It’s a poisonous gas that makes a mess. Being
organized and relaxed creates happiness,” she shares.
make their bed
Seems simple enough, but how
often do you leave your apartment or home in shambles? It’s easy to forget in
the hustle of the morning, but motivational speaker and workplace expert Amy Cooper Hakim, Ph.D. says there’s a sense of glee found when your living
area is prime. “A happy professional builds confidence and self-efficacy by
completing a simple chore like making her bed before heading to the office.
This act sets a ‘can do’ mindset into motion for the day. It’s an easy task to
check off the to-do list,” she shares. “When we accomplish one item on our
agenda, we are more driven to accomplish others. Also, as a double bonus, many
find it especially comforting and gratifying to climb into a made bed at the
end of a long day!”
are able to see gratitude and practice humility
We all have that Wonder
Woman (or man) in our life that seemingly glides through life, experiencing it
all with ease. They’re top of their game at work, thoughtful and kind to
others, brave to their core, and overall, rather funny. If you dig a little
deeper, you’ll notice a common thread of humility in these happy-go-lucky,
positive-thinking individuals. Career coach and shamanic practitioner John Moore explains that those who exercise gratitude as
part of their daily routine tend to be more joyful, in life and in work. He
adds that research even indicates thankful people have better relationships and
more enduring psychological health.
set daily goals
Yep, you read that
correctly: Happy professionals are masters of setting micro, 24/7 goals that
keep them on the right track. As career and branding expert Wendi Weiner explains, those who are
able to turnaround the best work with the best attitude take the time to plan
ahead, so they aren’t caught in a bind or a last-minute deadline that slipped
off their radar. “These are non-negotiable tasks that must be completed for
that day. The reason for this is that when you actually achieve what you set
out to achieve, that will raise the level of happiness and personal
satisfaction,” she says.
communicate with others
Those people who are nearly
always smiling — and not faking it, but really grinning their heart out —
usually want to spend time with one another. Moore explains that the pull comes
from a part in our brains called the ‘anterior cingulate cortex’ which measures
social status, as well as pain and a high number of opiate receptors. “Social
exclusion registers in the brain much like physical pain. In studies, one of
the greatest predictors of happiness is the breadth of social networks,” he
Even if you don’t start
chatting up a storm with your partner or your morning-hating roommate, Moore
says you’ll start the day off brighter if you, at the very least, communicate
in some way. “Happy professionals focus some of their morning time growing and
nurturing social connections. Check in with friends, meet someone for coffee,
chat up the cute barista — just start talking!” he says.
keep their calendars open
It might be difficult to
tango around time zones if you have international clients, but if you can help
it, health coach Kenneth
Rippetoe recommends keeping your calendar completely free until after 10 a.m.
This gives you time to prepare for your day and be mindful of the moments
you’re giving your energy to others, instead of always being readily available.
“Practice being intentional with your time and resources. When you are
intentional, you make the choices that do align with your value system and
goals for your personal and professional life,” he explains.
focus on the present and future, not the past
Ask anyone who has been able
to send away the skeletons in their closet and they’ll agree that releasing the
mistakes of yesteryear was the first step. If you find yourself dreading each
day or feeling anxious about how your career will exceed, Weiner suggests
taking a page from the notebook of joy-focused professionals who make a habit
of living in the moment and preparing for the future with a solid outlook.
“Happy professionals will concentrate their focus on the present things they
are doing and the present goals they want to achieve as well as the future
things they plan to do and/or achieve,” she explains. “Their energy will
concentrate less on regrets, and more on taking chances and risks to maximize
complete a task that makes them feel powerful
Perhaps it was after you ran
your very first 5K. Or landed a client that took months to romance. Or when you
finally took the plunge and checked ‘bungee jumping’ off your bucket list.
While you can’t perform one-of-a-kind feats every single day (sadly), Li
stresses the importance of completing something in the A.M. that set you up to
feel powerful throughout the day. Though every person will sing a different
tune, it’s most important that you strategize your day to make time for this
task. “For many, it’s some type of physical activity like running, swimming, or
lifting. For others, it might be solving a tricky puzzle or crossword. It could
be meditating, dancing to energetic music, or even stretching,” she explains.
“Whatever that looks like to you, spend at least 15 minutes doing something
that reinforces the strength that you hold within and carry this sense of power
with you into your day.”
visualize their success
Much like amping up for the
future — whether it’s a month, a year or a decade away — psychologist and
relationship expert Anotina
Hall says happy careers are much like flourishing love affairs. To truly find
the grace and vulnerability in the positions you’re in, you have to be
courageous enough to imagine your future. As Hall explains, “Studies have shown
that by spending even a few minutes each morning to visualize your goals coming
to fruition with ease increases the likelihood of successfully accomplishing
“See your upcoming meeting
in vivid detail, visualizing the desired outcome will help make it go well and
build your confidence!”
of the Catholic Church
FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER
SECTION TWO-THE LORD'S PRAYER
Article 4-THE FINAL
the Our Father, the object of the first three petitions is the glory of the
Father: the sanctification of his name, the coming of the kingdom, and the
fulfillment of his will. the four others present our wants to him: they ask
that our lives be nourished, healed of sin, and made victorious in the struggle
of good over evil.
asking "hallowed be thy name" we enter into God's plan, the
sanctification of his name - revealed first to Moses and then in Jesus - by us
and in us, in every nation and in each man.
the second petition, the Church looks first to Christ's return and the final
coming of the Reign of God. It also prays for the growth of the Kingdom of God
in the "today" of our own lives.
the third petition, we ask our Father to unite our will to that of his Son, so
as to fulfill his plan of salvation in the life of the world.
the fourth petition, by saying "give us," we express in communion
with our brethren our filial trust in our heavenly Father. "Our daily
bread" refers to the earthly nourishment necessary to everyone for
subsistence, and also to the Bread of Life: the Word of God and the Body of
Christ. It is received in God's "today," as the indispensable, (super
- ) essential nourishment of the feast of the coming Kingdom anticipated in the
fifth petition begs God's mercy for our offences, mercy which can penetrate our
hearts only if we have learned to forgive our enemies, with the example and
help of Christ.
we say "lead us not into temptation" we are asking God not to allow
us to take the path that leads to sin. This petition implores the Spirit of
discernment and strength; it requests the grace of vigilance and final
the last petition, "but deliver us from evil," Christians pray to God
with the Church to show forth the victory, already won by Christ, over the
"ruler of this world," Satan, the angel personally opposed to God and
to his plan of salvation.
the final "Amen," we express our "fiat" concerning the
seven petitions: "So be it".
PRAYERS AND TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Prayer before Mass
Lord, Jesus Christ, I approach your
banquet table in fear and trembling, for I am a sinner, and dare not rely on my
own worth but only on your goodness and mercy. I am defiled by many sins in
body and soul, and by my unguarded thoughts and words. Gracious God of majesty
and awe, I seek your protection, I look for your healing, poor troubled sinner
that I am, I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy. I cannot bear your
judgment, but I trust in your salvation. Lord, I show my wounds to you and
uncover my shame before you. I know my sins are many and great, and they fill
me with fear, but I hope in your mercies, for they cannot be numbered. Lord
Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and man, crucified for mankind, look upon me
with mercy and hear my prayer, for I trust in you. Have mercy on me, full of
sorrow and sin, for the depth of your compassion never ends. Praise to you,
saving sacrifice, offered on the wood of the cross for me and for all mankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood, flowing from the wounds of my crucified
Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world. Remember, Lord,
your creature, whom you have redeemed with your blood. I repent my sins, and I
long to put right what I have done. Merciful Father, take away all my offenses and
sins; purify me in body and soul, and make me worthy to taste the holy of
holies. May your body and blood, which I intend to receive, although I am
unworthy, be for me the remission of my sins, the washing away of my guilt, the
end of my evil thoughts, and the rebirth of my better instincts. May it incite
me to do the works pleasing to you and profitable to my health in body and
soul, and be a firm defense against the wiles of my enemies. Amen.
Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel
Litany of the Most Precious
Blood of Jesus