Sunday, November 21, 2010

Follow Through

One of my greatest weaknesses is lack of persistence. I do not seem to have the capacity to follow through on things long term. I start out focusing on something, but in time, it always fades to the background. It's true, I tell you!

For example, I go on stints of working out, but it always eventually fades into the background until the next time I have the re-realization that I want to be fit and in shape. I'll go for months at a time to the gym, and then will do nothing for months. Same with spiritual goals or just life goals.

It's not that I don't have good intentions, but somehow I have not been successful in learning the art of follow through. I always get distracted. So I made the goal that I am going to do better. I am going to master the art of following through! comes the tricky part. How do I follow through on mastering the art of follow through, if I don't know how to follow through? I truly don't know. Do you?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

I love this mormon message! In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, take a few minutes to watch this: ...or because I'm tired and don't want to figure out how to fix the code so that it fits within this box, you can search for it on you tubes with the title listed for this entry.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hatred Makes Me Sick

We just watched a clip from "Eyes on the Prize" in my Political Sociology course.  The documentary is about the Civil Rights movement back in the 50's and 60's.  Every time I watch footage from the movements, and I see the brutality that was inflicted on people who were simply trying to be treated fairly (as the laws even said they were entitled to be), it makes me sick to my stomach. To fathom having enough contempt toward a person/group of people to do the kinds of things that many white southerners did to those advocating the Civil Rights movement is just beyond me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Do you ever take a moment to just stop and think about how incredibly blessed you are?  I know I don’t do it nearly enough. Even when I do, it’s usually more just an acknowledgement to God that I realize I’m blessed, but the mental realization is as far as it goes. You know, like when you mentally know something, but it hasn’t really been internalized?  Maybe I’m alone in this, but I highly doubt it.  At times I just can’t understand why I don’t feel more in touch with God, despite being aware of all (okay, not nearly ALL, but still…) that He blesses me with each and every day. I’ve realized though, and I was reminded tonight, that perhaps I just get too caught up in the rigors and distractions of everyday life; that perhaps I don’t feel that close connection with the Lord often enough, because I don’t take the opportunity to be still, or because I don’t allow myself to really enjoy the journey.  Allow me to expound…

So this evening I was sitting at work, I had just wrapped up my tasks for the day, and decided that before I left, I’d just check and see what new blog postings my friends had posted.  To my surprise, there were 6 or 7 new posts! (I know, what a nerd, right?) As I started reading through the different posts my heart went out to one friend who’s family has had, and continues to have, serious medical problems all through her family this past year. As I read her post and about how her heart is heavy for those who she loves who are hurting right now, and how that is hurting her, I was grateful not only for my good health and the relatively good health of my family, but even more so I was grateful that I have a friend who cares so deeply about her family.   I continued to read about a friend who has been having a “quarter life” crisis and turned to Shakespeare only to realize that the shrew depicted in The Taming of the Shrew had it pretty bad herself. I couldn’t help but laugh inwardly and be entertained by the lightheartedness and amazing wit of this peculiar friend. I read about a close friend from high school and her family experiences as of late and that she found out she and her husband are having a baby girl!  As I sat there reading these blogs in my quiet office, most everyone having left for the day, all around me quiet except for the fan blowing on me and my Pandora station playing quietly in the background, I experienced a feeling that I realized I hadn’t felt in quite a while! As I was sitting there sympathizing with one friend, empathizing with another, and feeling ecstatic for the good news of another, I felt a rush of euphoria throughout me; and I knew at that moment that everything is alright in my life. It’s such an amazing experience to have, and I hadn’t realized how long it had been! My heart swelled at that moment with gratitude for a loving God, and for amazing family and friends. How truly blessed I am!  What I was most grateful for at that moment though, was for the realization that true happiness comes to me in times when I am concerning myself (however indirectly reading blogs may be counted) with those people whom I love, and even more so as I am taking the opportunity to be still and to contemplate on my life and the lives of others.