The autumn colours are getting more visible every single day. (Photo from Pixabay)

On This Day

On October 18th 1961 The acclaimed musical film ‘West Side Story’ was released and it won 10 Academy Awards.

On October 18th 2019 the first all female spacewalk by NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir took place outside the International Space Station.

Birthdays Today

Martina Navratilova (former tennis champion) is 67

Paddy Reilly (folk singer) is 84

Saint For Today

Today October 18th is the feast day of Saint Luke who is one of the gospel writers and he also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. He was trained as a doctor. His gospel is considered the most poetic and beautiful of all. He writes beautifully about the compassion and the forgiveness of Jesus. He had a high regard for the dignity of women for they played an important part of his writings. He is also the patron of the medical profession. He was reported to be a fine painter and is also patron of artists, painters, sculptors, craft workers and lacemakers. His symbol is the ox.

Significance of Today

Today October 18th is World Menopause Day. Menopause has been part of the lives of women since time began. Over time and depending on the culture, a great deal of mystery, confusion and misunderstanding has encircled this season of a woman’s life. As women’s health changes so significantly in midlife, World Menopause Day seeks to inform and educate about menopause, raising awareness about what women should expect and encouraging them to get the help they need from health care providers and other support workers.

Today October 18th is also Global Dignity Day. It is an initiative to educate and inspire young people and help them to understand their self-worth and goals, as well as reminding them about the value of inclusion and shared humanity of every single person who lives on the planet.

Quote For Today

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Did You Know

Did you know that humans are the only animals that blush. Apparently, we’re also the only animals that experience embarrassment, too.

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A Daily Prayer

Thought For The week

God does not ask for our ability or our inability but our availability.’ ~Author Unknown

This weekend we watched some amazing quarter final games in the World Cup Rugby. Ireland v New Zealand and France v South Africa were simply wonderful to watch. Ireland were so close to beating New Zealand and the same can be said of France who were so close to beating South Africa also. The ability of these teams to create such excitement deserve huge credit and praise for what they have done.

When it comes to ourselves it is true that we sometimes focus on our inabilities rather than our abilities. How often we have heard, “I’m no good at that.” What a pity. If only we had more inner belief and the confidence to hear that inner voice within each of us saying, “I can and I will do it.” For every one thing we could be better at, there are many things that we are so good at.

So maybe a simple question to ask this week is: How can I give some of my time to doing even one thing I enjoy and something I know I’m good at? Can I believe that even one simple thing has the potential to make the world of a difference? Can I make myself available to make this moment happen?

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday