Tuesday, January 9, 2018

"Go Make A Difference, Touch a Heart"


When I looked through my pet blogging calendar and noticed that today is Play God Day, I will admit that at first I was a bit taken aback. "Play God Day?" I was bothered because I started to think "who am I to think that I would have the audacity to behave as if I were God?" I couldn't have been more wrong.


Play God Day seeks to get past those self-centered tendencies and calls us to extend out beyond the confines of our own desires and encourage or touch another person’s day. If you were god how would you change the world? If you had the place of the higher being you could set right all the wrongs you see in the world and that is the theme and purpose for this day.
History of Play God Day

Humans have always imagined what they might do if they were in the place of god and even those not given to such beliefs will often speak in terms of what they think a god ought to do. Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were considered gods and would act as such and many other ancient texts reference men seeking to become gods or to take the place of a god.

In recent culture films such as Bruce Almighty explore the idea of what it means to play god and what those powers should entail. The discussion of “playing god” has become more prominent even as technology advances and humans delve into new areas of biology and other fields.


Celebrating Play God Day

The purpose of Play God Day is to perform some kind act for another person, or just generally contribute to the well-being of the world as a whole. There are many ways to go about this, if you’re so inclined.

Reaching out to help or encourage a co-worker or family member is an excellent way to start observing the day.  Instead of rushing past the car stranded on the side of the road you might stop and offer assistance, even if it’s just a phone call to a local gas station or towing service.

Ask yourself, “If I were god, what would I change about the current state of affairs?” and then see how many of those things you’re already capable of contributing to in your situation at home or at work. You might be surprised at the various ways in which a simple change might bring about the effect you want.


My husband, myself and my immediate family have been going through some intense trials since mid December in reference to the health of one of our family, which is the majority of the reason I have not been around for a while and why my blogging/visiting has been, and might continue to be sporadic, (along with it appears that Feedburner might be acting up again because I noticed in the past few days some blogs that I subscribed to have stopped coming to my inbox again). Along with the health issues of our family member, this past week we lost an elderly uncle who was blessed to live to be 94 years young. I say "young" because he ALWAYS lived his life as if he were 30. He was extremely active, drove right up until a year ago and bowled. May we all be so lucky!

  In reference to the health of our family member who is experiencing some intense trials, the next few weeks we will be receiving some definitive answers  which will better help to guide us.

For now, I have faith that whatever God thinks SHOULD be, WILL be and we will make the best of it no matter how it turns out. May we all be of comfort today and always to those fighting battles that we might not be aware of. 


50 comments:

  1. I may not play god when I go on my therapy visits, but I do a pretty good job of being a kitty, and that is almost as nice!

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  2. Sorry to hear that you and your family are going through a hard time.

    Hope things get better soon.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  3. That is a great idea behind the "play God Day "
    Many purrs for you and your family.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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  4. You can count on us to be praying for your family member and we also know that every single day is a new start for us all - another day to be grateful to be waking up and loving life. We send hugs to you all....

    Love, Pam and Teddy too

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    1. Pam and Teddy thank you so much, that means a lot! Sending (((hugs))) and much love to you both today and always.

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  5. Great advice, and we wish your family and family member all the best. My Gramma is having a lot of issues and is taking a lot of time as well, but time is all we have, and we are happy to give it to those we love. GBGV hugs to you.

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    1. We send many, many prayers to your Gramma....praying she will be ok! Thank you so much for your kind wishes and (((hugs))) we send (((hugs))) right back to you!

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  6. Our hearts are always with you and your family and we hope you can feel the love and prayers headed your way.

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    1. I sure can and I deeply, deeply thank you (((hugs))) and much love always.

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  7. I never heard of Play God Day. Hmm interesting concept but makes sense to me. As a Christian we are to practice what we preach. I'm sorry hear about your personal troubles with the immediate family and the passing of your Uncle. God bless him. I will be keeping you and your family members in my prayers. -Kamira

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  8. Purrs and purrayers to you and your family, Caren. "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." - Julian of Norwich

    Your post is lovely, the quote in particular is wonderful. Hugs and kitty head butts.

    Kim and the boys

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    1. Kim (((hugs))) and my most heartfelt thanks. Thank you so much for sharing that beautiful quote. It means so much. xoxo

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  9. Excellent, Caren, excellent.

    Have a purrfect day, Cody. My best to your wonderful and smart mom. ♥♥♥

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  10. Cody, I was concerned that your mom was having health issues herself, but glad to hear it's not her (?), but I am very sorry about the loss of your uncle and the issues with the other family member.

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  11. What a good day to take stock.

    Now, this is opposed to Schooner, who was wondering why he needed a particular day to play God, when he thinks he is a God every day.

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  12. What sweet words and sweet face.

    Emma and Buster

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  13. I don't like the name but I think the good deeds are great.

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  14. I like the idea that is behind those words. But ... I don't believe in any god.
    Cats are gods ..
    Douce soirée
    Nat à Chat

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  15. We don't believe in any god, but we do believe that "some kind act for another person, or just generally contribute to the well-being of the world as a whole." We send tons of purrs to your family. Purrs

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  16. I deeply thank you and I love your thinking!

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  17. We love this post and we are 100% positive everyone could be more God like: forgiving, loving and compassionate.
    Hugs madi and mom

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  18. Gosh! Caren I send you strength! Your words about Playing God have resonated and I shall try to "Do what my great spirit would do".
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    And sending you loads of LOVE!
    Barb

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  19. Caren;

    I am sorry to learn about your uncle, and while I won't play God, I will ask Him to send strength to you and your family during this time, and to help your family member get through their health issue and be on the road to recovery soon ♥♥♥

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  20. You make a difference in our lives with every post ... you inspire, challenge, and teach us to be better and more loving people. You make us laugh! I try to live my life in a away that being there for others and making a difference isn't just a one day thing ... but a pattern of being. It costs so little - but means so much. I love the concept of "Play God Day." We're so sorry to hear your family is scrambling to deal with the illness of a member. We're keeping you in our thoughts and prayers - and we hope healing is possible and quick.

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    1. You are beyond sweet, I truly don't think I do all that you say I do but I thank you from the bottom of my heart! I agree that it isn't just a one day thing, and I try my best to do nice things at least once a day (the rest of the day I am rotten lol).........thank you for your heartfelt wishes as well, it means a lot! xoxo

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  21. That is such a different - and great - way of looking at the expression "playing god".
    I'm sorry your family is going through such a difficult time and my heart and thoughts are with you all. I hope you get the answers you need, and that they help you all to move forward however you need to.
    xxoo

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  22. Sending you and your family many comforting purrs for the loss of your uncle...as well as your family member who is having health issues.

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  23. I am sorry about your Uncle. Also sorry you and your family are having a tough tine. I will add you to my prayer list. XO

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    1. I'm also sorry. I'll have you in my thoughts and prayers. Love the quote.

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    2. thank you so much, both of you, it is much appreciated!

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  24. I finally had time to visit your blog again. So glad that it still exists - you really had me at "we're trying to let our blog die" - what?

    I'm so sorry to learn about your uncle. I'm sure he's blessed to have such a great niece like you, and I hope he's feeling better soon.

    I'm not a religious person, but also I think this is an important day to celebrate. To be the change you want the world to be.

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  25. Sending love and sympathy on the loss of your Uncle.
    We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, dear Caren and family.
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

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  26. We are sorry your family is going through this time of health tribulation, Caren and Cody. And also that you lost your beloved uncle. Please know that we are thinking of you, and sending heartfelt prayers and love.

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  27. It is always hard when the peeps we love so dearly have to go through trials and even worse when they have to say goodby.
    May those you surround yourself with pamper you with showers of love and any assistance you may desire.
    I will add you to my prayers and thoughts as well.
    Sending big hugs, Pipo adds his purrs. And of course the pups send wags, wiggles and licks. I don't think you need any more woofs, MOL!

    PS: I know you told me you were not receiving our posts, I mostly only post on Sundays, (the selfies blog hop); here is the link to our blog:

    https://pipoandminkoandfreckleswoofs.blogspot.com/

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  28. I'm sorry your family is having such trouble. Sending prayers of sympathy for the loss of your uncle and healing for your family member who is having health issues. And big hugs for you!

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  29. Sorry you're having all these issues, Caren, Cody, Dakota and the Paw. So sorry for the loss of your uncle too. Will send Healing Pawkisses to all of you and much strenghts with the situations. Thinking of you guys! <3 <3 <3

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  30. Beautiful Thoughts and lovely post. Sending prayers for you and your family.
    Anita, The Female Human and Purrsonal Assistant to The Tribe of Five

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  31. Oh I love this so much!! I believe we should all try to be a light in this dim world we live in right now.

    So sorry you are going through so much right now. Your Uncle sounds like my Great Aunt Helen. She was 92 when she passed away but you would never know it by her young spirit! Praying there are positive answers in the coming weeks :)

    xoxo,
    Bell Fur Zoo Mama

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  32. Sending lots of hugs and purrs your way. I'm wishing you and your family the best.

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  33. Lovely post with beautiful thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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