At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again ...
Amazing how challenges (such as loss, disappointment, struggles and so on) can make us feel weak and like we want to quit. When I feel like things seem 'too hard', I say a prayer and ask Heavenly Father to help me see the challenge with new eyes.
He always helps me look again and see things with a better perspective.
I am always in awe at the ability we each have to make a difference! We can make a difference every moment - if we choose. It's the little things that add up over time ... Our choice to smile, to say a kind word, to lift another and to always be our best. Day in and day out - these things matter and contribute to making society better as a whole.
It reminds me of the the starfish poem -
One day an old man was walking down the beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. As the old man approached the young man, he asked, "Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?" The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. The old man exclaimed, "But there must be thousands of starfish. How can your efforts make any difference?" The young man looked down at the starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said," It makes a difference to this one!" At times in our lives, we are all the old man, the young man, or the starfish. Sometimes, as the old man, we don't see the purpose to actions. Sometimes, as the young man, we persevere and make a difference. And sometimes, we are the starfish who just need a little help. Today, slow down and lift another with your kindness!
If your love doesn’t bring you closer to God, it’s not love. If it doesn’t yield the fruits of the spirit – peace, joy, charity, and all those other good things, it’s not love. I believe love is the greatest gift God has given us, and we can’t possess it without Him. Not the kind that lasts, anyway.
One of my all-time favorite speakers is - Dieter F. Uchtdorf. He is a person full of light. Whenever he speaks, I feel peace, love, guidance and inspiration. I am so thankful for the wonderful people in the world who lift us with their lives filled with service, kindness and light!
Today, slow down a little - and see the things that matter most.
There are days when I wish I lived near more trees. I love trees. Especially pine trees and evergreens.
Alas, we don't live by trees! We live by tumbleweeds, dirt, sagebrush, snakes and creepy desert bugs.
If I focus on all the things that are wrong, I make myself extremely miserable.
(Note to Self: Life is too short and amazing for negativity!)
So I don't focus on what's wrong and/or missing.
Instead, I appreciate the beauty that surrounds me.
Like the blue skies, the nearby farms, the 'desert blooms' and the evening walks I share with my husband. Just last night, we discovered our 'alien forms' and laughed as we imagined ourselves on a Spielberg alien movie scene!
(Note to Self: Enjoy the little moments like these - this is where happiness is!)
Cheers to focus and the things we choose to see and appreciate in life!