Thursday, September 23, 2010

Failures and Second Chances

*Note of Caution: I'm well aware that many may find this post a little cheesy or too sappy. Just fair warning...

As I was reading this morning, my mind began to wander to other areas of my life, as is usual for me while I read.  One of the thoughts that popped into my mind as I noticed my roommate's (and good friend) textbook and notepad on the table next to me, was how excited I am for him to be back in school after 12 years away due to difficulties with health and finances, and many other things.  He's mentioned before the fear of failing, and so as I thought about him stepping back out into areas of life where there are plenty of chances for failure, I felt very elated for him to be taking those chances in hopes of gaining greater rewards.

I reflect back on my own life up to this point, and I always am grateful for the tender mercies of the Lord in my life.  I am quite familiar with the experience of "failing", and the Lord has blessed me abundantly with second chances in my life.  In fact, I remember thinking to myself how my entire life seemed to be composed of second chances in different areas.  Fortunately, although not having perfected any of the areas of my life, I feel that I have tried very hard to utilize those chances rather than take them for least most of them.  How grateful I am for mercy in my life whether it be from a loving God, my colleagues, my peers, my professors (many, many times from them!), my family, whomever.

So, I would suggest that life is about mercy and about failing, but even more so life is about second chances.  I love the line that the dad of a young Bruce Wayne, in the movie Batman Begins, speaks to him where he tells Bruce, "We fall so that we can get back up again."  So if you're like me, and I suspect that many others really are, and you find yourself getting frustrated at times with the fact that you feel like you're failing or falling short in different areas of your life, I'd encourage you to stop and think about what you can be proud of in way of the fact that at least you're attempting; and that as long as you're willing to keep trying, it doesn't matter how often you fall.  Just take a moment, if need be, dust yourself off, and get back up again.  Great accomplishments are on the horizon.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


There is not one thing about this video that I do not absolutely love!  President Uchtdorf (Second Counselor in First Presidency of LDS Church) testifies that we are all inherently creative creatures as we are spiritual sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My Current Countdown

18 - Credits to complete this semester
15 - Length of two papers due this semester
10- Days that I have left to complete one of my online courses
5- Research articles to read through so I can write a 5 page lit review by Friday
2 - Tests to take for previously mentioned online course
1 - Research paper for online class

...All in all, it's really not too bad, but right now the countdown doesn't seem like it'll ever end.

Oh, let's not forget "0" in the countdown, which indicates how much motivation I feel to complete the list above.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Excerpts from my day...

Two of my favorite moments from the day were:

1) When I went to use the restroom and one of the waterless urinals had a graphic of a bee buzzing around right where an individual might aim for...I still haven't been able to make the connection as to why the bee is in the urinal. Last I checked I was not pumping out honey...if you know what I mean.

2) As I was waiting for one of my classes to start, most of the students were prepping for a grammar quiz that we were going to be required to complete.  One of the students I overheard said something to the effect of, "Apparently we're supposed to be English majors."...the thought that came to mind was, "Nope, but you should be expected to answer basic questions about your native language. Especially when you'll be writing your capstone paper in this class!"

Perhaps that is close-minded of me (the second item, not the first) however, I'm okay with that.

That is all...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Coming to you live from Walmart!

I'm quite giddy at the moment as I type this short entry.  Why, you may ask?  Well because I'm typing this blog entry on my laptop while I sit in the waiting room at Walmart as the oil is being changed in my car.  Yes, that is correct, as the opening menu for a child's DVD continuously repeats the 4 measures of music again and again and again and again...I'm typing nonsense.

I just jailbroke my iphone 4 last night at the constant encouragement of my brother Jesse who swore by the benefits and freedom of doing so.  There's a lovely app called MyWi that will turn an iphone into a wireless router that multiple, yes, multiple devices can connect to for internet access.  Isn't that awesome?! I submit that the answer is a resounding YES!

The only sad thing about this glorious discovery is the realization that the internet speed I'm experiencing right now is about 5 times better than the internet that I had at my apartment for the past year. Yeah, I'm not bitter...

Anyway, an update on my life consists of the same ol' same ol'. Still single, regrettably so.  Just started a new, and my last, semester of my undergrad career in school and am looking to pound out 18 credits worth of school by the time good ol' St. Nicholas comes to visit. Santa, bring me freedom!