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“A Penny” written by Laura Burdo.

See My Penny

Meet Ms. Penelope, a darling three year old girl, born on the cusp of Valentine’s day.

Since the time she was lying in her crib, crawling across the floor, or standing at my feet; I’d sing over her this little jingle…

Pick A Penny

“Find a Penny, pick her up; all day long you’ll have good luck!”

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Remember this rhyme?

The origins of this superstition may stem from ancient times when metals were believed to offer protection from evil and harmful spirits to those who possessed them.

What’s Wealthy?

When cultures began using coins as currency, obviously those who had more of them were considered wealthy. Thus, the accumulation of money translated into good fortune.

Perhaps this fact contributed to the good luck association with finding a penny.

My Lucky Penny

Some people believe that different outcomes will occur if the penny is found either heads up or down.

If the penny is heads up you may freely and joyfully pick it up, and experience good luck. If it faces tails up, you can pick it up and turn it over for the next person – just do not take it with you because you will be bringing yourself bad luck.

Penny 4Yet others believe that the penny you pick up should be passed along to someone else the same day to ensure your own good luck.

Sigh, if only it were that easy.

It’s But A Game

These games we play can be fun, but of course, they aren’t actually reliable.

And yet – positives like hope, faith, and expectation do have proven scientific substance – according to many studies.

We’ve all heard of the placebo effect. Often times, people ascribe such things to receiving miraculous healing and other surprising happenings.

Think On This…

A great many people throughout the ages have commented on the topics of good luck and happiness. They have contributed their part in the exploration of these much sought after attainments.

Mr. Pilates said, “Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.”

All this may be true, but perhaps the truth lies somewhere in the skies.
Let me leave you with this.

As your faith is, so be it unto you!

Talk soon,
Laura Burdo
The Pilates Preacher

For more check out these articles:
1) Stop Shaking
2) Pass the Trees Please
3) Oh Time Divine

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“Stop Shaking” written by Laura Burdo.

Do You Like Rain And Thunderstorms?

I do!

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But, I will confess I prefer to seek shelter from the storms – insulating myself from risk and harm instead of being out in them.

Stuck… and just having to weather it!

It’s a natural reaction to self protect, and avoid, and shrink back a little bit, isn’t it?

It’s Greek

There’s an original Greek word for a violent storm, Seismos – which literally means a shaking.

Imagine an earthquake, a tsunami, or a volcano. Can you feel the rumble? Have you felt that within yourself – within the battles of your mind, or deep within your belly?

I 100-percent relate.

It’s not unlike this when we go through the storms of life!

The type that whip us around, knock us down, and sometimes drag us under.

Can’t Escape…

But these storms of life we can’t always escape. We can’t always find complete shelter – and nor should we!

For the stress, and the struggle, and the sufferings are ultimately for our own promotion and for our good.

Calm Down

So let’s calm the fear, walk away from worry, and denounce doubt. Especially, the kind that hinders our health and just turns us all inside-out.

Take heart!
Stop shaking!
Start standing on stable legs, on faith, and grounded feet!

Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down, strengthen those feeble knees, lift your eyes up to the mountains and know that your help cometh!

Stop Shaking - Laura Burdo - Pilates Preacher

You say you’re doing pretty well under the circumstances.

Well I say, “What are you doing under there”?!

Talk soon,
Laura Burdo
The Pilates Preacher

For more check out these articles:
1) Pass the Trees Please
2) Oh Time Divine
3) Mush It

Laura Burdo - The Pilates Preacher

P.S. To hear more, please be sure to sign up to the 7 Heavenly PIPs.