Sunday, April 5, 2009
Have you ever felt like a plant that's just not getting quite enough water? You sit there, hoping someone will walk by and turn on the sprinklers or that a big storm will come through? Well, the rain is falling. Make sure to take some time to catch some in your mouth...
This weekend has been one of getting back to the basics of work, my personal life, family, and friends. I have been surrounded by reminders that life really is wonderful if we look for the joy that is there. Not, mind you, that I was terribly unhappy before, just tired, a bit frustrated, and wishing for a little pick-me-up.
I went to a conference for work Thursday and Friday that got me all pumped to go and teach again. Not that I didn't want to teach before the conference, but it reminded me of what I have to offer the world and put the responsibility for my success squarely on my shoulders--no scapegoats allowed. Plus, I learned some handy ways to remember some cool brain facts (sorry to those of you have have been subjected to my goofy hand motions; I just get ridiculously excited when I learn something new). Just remember one thing, worksheets don't grow dendrites!
Saturday and and Sunday, I sat back and soaked in all the truth spoken in the 179th annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because of the snow on Saturday, it was a great weekend to stay inside. And what better thing to do inside than watch a prophet of the Lord and his apostles speak to the world. I love these men. They have such an awareness of the issues that the world faces today. They all address them in different ways but with the same message--Come unto Christ.
My favorite talk was Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk Sunday morning. Listen to it this week while you do the dishes or something. Any of the other talks can be heard here.
So, once again, I feel like I can take on the world with confidence. I don't know everything, but I don't need to. I can make a small difference in my own way in my own corner of the world. I am so grateful for the rain that fell this weekend. My previously wilting plant is feeling much more hopeful today!