Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I've been spending some time thinking about earth over the last week. I found this talk given by Russell M. Nelson....excellent...
"As beneficiaries of the divine Creation, what shall we do? We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations. And we are to love and care for one another."
And M. Russell Ballard too...
"To truly reverence the Creator, we must appreciate His creations. We need to plan to take time to observe the marvels of nature. Today, we can easily become surrounded by brick buildings and asphalt surfaces that shelter us from real life around us. Plan to share with your family the miracle of buds changing to fragrant blossoms. Take time to sit on a hillside and feel the tranquillity of the evening, when the sun casts its last golden glow over the horizon. Take time to smell the roses."
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
1. It's not personal.
Taking things personally is one of the greatest barriers to being effective and is a fundamental roadblock to overcome for high powered living. When we take things personal we spend our time and energy on useless, unproductive thoughts, feelings and actions. Want to simply stop spinning your wheels? Stop taking it personal.
2. Devote yourself to serving others.
Buckminster Fuller had reached a point in his life where he wanted to commit suicide, but rather than waste the remainder of his life that way he chose to devote himself to serving others.
Serving others remains one of the most rewarding - and humbling - ways to rediscover who we really are beyond the image that others have of us and the one we have of ourselves. It's a unique way to fully express our truest passions and bulletproofs the value of our lives from the inevitable winds of fortune and change.
3. Recognize the arrogance of judging.
It's to judge others and exercising good judgment is a necessary tool for survival and success. Recognizing the arrogance of judging our fellow human beings doesn't change us from being judging machines, but it goes a long way towards helping us keep our judgments in their proper perspective.
4. Play outside.
Whenever you're in danger of taking yourself too seriously don't forget the value of play, and by taking that play outside you're also reconnecting with being a part of something greater than yourself. Lay on your back in the grass and watch the clouds, invite the neighbors to join you for a walk, or play catch with the kids, but never forget to play, and don't forget to take it outside once in a while.
5. Appreciate the humor in being human.
The next time you do something stupid or make a terrible mistake, know that the universe is inviting you to be a part of it's own private . We humans can be at our silliest when we are taking ourselves the most seriously, so you might as well enjoy the moments you have on this earth with a well developed sense of humor.
6. Admit that you're crazy.
The defining test for qualifying as crazy on this planet isn't what you think it is. If you've got a pulse - you're crazy.
If you're like most people you look back on certain times in your life and see the insanity of it all.
The bad news? You're not cured and you never will be!
The good news? You're crazy!
The next you want to hold back because people will think you're crazy if you don't, being able to admit that you actually are will give you the freedom you need to decide to do it anyway, or not. The difference is the level of freedom of choice you give yourself.
You don't have to have a higher power to use the power of prayer. Numerous studies have shown that prayer enhances our quality of life and reduces our stress whether you have faith or not. If you do have faith prayer serves to deepen it and will fine tune your intuition and sensitivity.
8. Rest easy in knowing that you're special - just like everyone else.
You are special. There will never be another you, no matter how far back into history you go or how far into the future you can look; one in infinity. And so is every other person on the planet. Even the ones that push your buttons the most, whether it's your boss, your mom or your kids. There will never be another like them in the whole history of humanity; surely there's something new there for you to notice and appreciate?
9. Trust that everyone has a good reason for doing what they do.
No matter how badly people behave and how badly their behavior hurts others, underneath it all they're trying to achieve a positive income. I don't happen to have enough patience to always appreciate that or the logic that makes some people think that they're behavior could ever produce the outcome they wanted, but I've never had any reason to doubt the truth of a desire for a positive outcome.
10. Make solitude and silence a regular practice.
It won't make you sane (smile), but it will help you get as close as any human can.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wait...I thought this was MY Lifetime Subscription.
Who could be upset about attending their daughter's first track meet of the year? Not me...especially when it's 80 degrees and beautiful. I'm lucky, I get to sit back and bask in the sun while she does all the work.
Bridger runs the 800m and 1600m in track. She does pretty well too, considering she started two weeks late because of Annie and she missed the first meet.
She almost has me inspired to take up running again.....almost. I'm sure I'll be over that delusion soon.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
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Friday, April 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I'll never forget how excited they were that night when we got the call after midnight in Utah that Kristin had her baby.