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Friday, August 21, 2009

FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT--Today is Part of Eternity

I think, especially as women, we become so caught up in what needs to be fixed, or what isn't quite right in life, that we forget to see all the good around us. For example, as one who has a weight problem, sometimes I spend so much energy focusing on that aspect of my situation, that I don't take time to realize how truly remarkable my kids are. I miss the joy in every moment because I am too busy fretting about how I feel and look.

President McKay said it well as quoted in this month's Ensign:

". . . to make life sweet today, to give contentment to the heart today, to bring salvation today. . . Some of us look forward to a time in the future--salvation and exaltation in the world to come--but today is part of eternity" (President David O. McKay, as quoted by President Dieter F. Uchdorf, "The Influence of Righteous Women," Ensign, September 2009, 8).

I want to set a goal to truly savor each moment I have here on Earth. I want to be able to recognize joy in the little moments: a tiny hand in mine, a beautiful sunset, a quiet moment with my husband, an opportunity to serve someone in need. I know that as I learn to live in joy, despite my struggles and concerns, life will become more meaningful and fulfilling. I pledge to thank God for this part of eternity, as well as the blessings of exaltation to come. . .


Tamaran said...

I think that this can be applied more individually as well. I try to always recognize all that is good around me, but I fail to see things that are good with me. I focus so much on my weight issue that I often don't allow myself to recognize all that is good about be. I thank Heavenly Father for the blessings he sends me and my family, but I fail to thank Him for my talents-AND I DO HAVE MANY THAT HE HAS GIVEN ME. I just forget about them. I dwell on the things I hate about myself and forget that weight is just one, very small aspect of me and an even smaller part of who I am. It makes me wonder if I will ever be skinny enough to make me like myself physically. If I can't like myself now, am I really ever going to hit some magical moment where I do? Or am I always going to see myself as not as skinny or as beautiful as so-and-so (usually I'm comparing myself to my SIL).

Maybe that is sharing to much about myself, but that is just a thought I was having. Thanks for the insight that got my wheels turning. Hope you don't mind my input.

K Walton said...

I LOVE your input! Seriously, it might as well have been me writing. I am horrible about comparing myself to others. It is so hard for me to believe, that though I'm overweight, that I do matter and that my life and gifts are just as valuable as anyone else's. I don't feel attractive, which makes me feel sorry for my husband, though deep down, I know he loves me like crazy.

One thing I have hoped to accomplish by writing this blog is to reach out to others who are going through this awful self-doubt and discouragement. It's no fun. Thanks so much for commenting. I gather such great strength from you and I know that together, we can do hard things. Always remember: you are so much more than a number on the scale. (I'll try to remember that about myself too!) LYLAS!!

Becky said...

I loved that article. Tears were running down my cheeks. I am in the midst of being caught up in what needs to be fixed and looking at negatives all around me. With this article and a few other things, I have told myself to chill.

I wish I remembered names, but recently one of the twelve stated that he writes down everyday how he has seen the hand of the Lord. I need to do that to keep myself focused on my blessings and not on miniscule little things.

K Walton said...

I think that was Henry B. Eyring...in the address "O Remember, Remember," from the October 2007 Conference. I LOVED that talk too! We've started a family gratitude journal so we can recognize all the little mercies we are blessed with each day. Still, sometimes, I really need to tell myself to chill too. Hang in there! As Sheri Dew once said: "You're doing better than you think you are!"