First off, on this Veterans Day, I want to say thank you to all those who have served, who do serve, and who will serve this great nation!
The topic of joy has been on my mind as of late, and the fact that sometimes I miss out on joy because I spend too much time focusing on my weaknesses. When I am sitting quietly in a room, if you were to come up and ask me what I am thinking about, the truthful answer would probably be I am thinking about the ways in which I fall short. For some reason, focusing on personal weaknesses consumes my quiet time.
To help curb this negative habit, about a month ago, I felt prompted that I needed to retrain my mind to focus on joy. I had the idea to daily write down a time during the day I experienced joy, and to continue this process for 100 days. I’ve been tracking this experience on my personal blog, and this simple act of acknowledging and recording joy has made a large difference in my thought process.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, “We should honor the Savior's declaration to 'be of good cheer,' (Matthew 14:27). Indeed, it seems to me we may be more guilty of breaking that commandment than almost any other!”
I think the Savior’s invitation to “be of good cheer” is the invitation I forget the most. How ironic that in my quest to become a true follower of Christ, I ignore this invitation by too heavily focusing on all the other ways I fall short.
For those who may find themselves in a similar situation as me, I invite you to daily record a joyful experience from your day. These joyful experiences do not need to be grand. In fact, my experience from yesterday occurred while I was cleaning out the refrigerator. I’ve been amazed at the attitude shift that has occurred inside of me throughout this process and look forward to continuing this journey of joy.
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