Pratt: Jumping to conclusions not a healthy exercise

The greatest exercise most of us get is unrelated to athletic attempts to be healthy, but to our tendency to jump to conclusions about people

Among those basic experiences that can either help or harm us growing up is family finances, which often shape our perception about what we can or cannot achieve.

The second issue that comes to mind when considering the development of self-image involves real or imagined disabilities in mind or physical appearance.

Every child is an impressionable personality with one-of-a-kind DNA, an inheritance that is due respect, but is also subject to all kinds of challenges on the road to adulthood.

Suffice it to say that a healthy physical and mental development begins in the home and continues in the community and beyond with our choices.

A big part of the challenge resides within our personal reactions that make us who and what we are – individual beings, not robots to be programed into a certain way of responding and living.

Walter Davis, a long-time member of our church, grew up in a two-room house, the eldest of six children in Weinert, Texas, and truly knew what it meant to be poor.

That he was noted for his intellect, especially with numbers, caught my eye because my dad had that gift, along with a phenomenal memory of anything he read. As eldest child, he had to drop out after 8th grade to help on the farm, but he never seemed to resent his more fortunate siblings.