One of my Pilates instructors that I train with every week passed away earlier this week. She used to end all of her classes by raising her arms over her head, bringing her palms together, and saying: “Say a prayer for someone who needs it.”

I always thought that was a nice way to wrap things up. It put the world back in perspective. After taking an hour for ourselves we could focus on someone specifically in need.

If the word prayer is off putting because you aren’t particularly religions, exchange the phrase with “Send positive thoughts to someone who needs them.” It is a good thing, now and again, to stop what we are doing, consider someone’s needs and send them our good will. We can do this with our thoughts and keep it personal or we actually tell someone we are thinking of them.

(In Memory of Betsy Morelli.)