My good friend Cate atBella Love Letters made this for me. Isn't she talented!?! I love it!
I recently had a friend do a project for my niece (it's honestly the cutest/coolest/hippest thing to ever grace a nursery wall - ask me and I will show you :) ). I decided to think of a quote I wanted to put up on my own wall and have my friend Cate make it all fancy. After thinking on it - I decided on "Come What May, and Love It."
I love General Conference talks. If we are being honest - most times it is easier for me to read/study them, than it is to read/study the scriptures. One of my most favorite talks EVER was given by Joseph B. Wirthlin and is entitled, "Come What May, and Love it." I really loved Elder Wirthlin - he was so funny and such a cute old guy :) And when I found out he played football when he was younger and I liked him even more! I would highly recommend this talk - and if you don't want to read the talk - watch this brief clip that summarizes it :
I have thought a lot lately about how much influence we have over our own happiness. Situations can be forced upon us, but our reaction is always our choice. No one forces you to be happy or sad or any emotion, really. Those times when life-induced emotions seem to be too much to handle are when you can rely on the Savior to stand by your side and help you find happiness.
Often times, people can struggle with loving the present, because they are too caught up in the past. They want to return to something idyllic that has come and gone, whether that be high school, or college, or a past relationship or even living at home and having a mom cook you delicious food :) I think we could all do well to remember that what was has already happened, and there is no way of changing it. However, we can (and should) make sure to learn all we can from past experiences. For example, instead of mourning yet another failed relationship (womp womp I'm not married), we can be happy that we had the chance to feel and give love, an experience that is both instructive and beautiful.
One of my own greatest struggles is "looking beyond the mark." I am naturally inclined to want to plan out my life, as I think many of us are. This inclination will sometimes lead to me over thinking and over extending the rest of my life in a career, at a location, in a relationship far beyond what is happening right now.
Why can't I be happy with what is happening right now? I think it is good to have hope in the future, but not to be so caught up in that hope that you forget the blessings of today.
So! Here are some things that I do that I think help me to apply this principle in my life:
1) Show and feel gratitude for what is happening in my life right now. I live in a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL area of the country. Most mornings when I go out to my car to travel to work, I thank God that I am blessed to live in such a beautiful place. I think it's a good way to start my day and keeps me more grounded and able to handle any situation. I am grateful to be, and I am grateful to be here.
2) Laugh. Elder Wirthlin even talks about this one too. Let me tell you a story - I was at a meeting in Seattle the other week around University Village. As I was coming out of an elevator, some very good looking brown men who also happened to play football started talking to me. Have to admit - not mad about it. So here I was, feeling so great and happy about life. And then when I was pulling out of my parking space in that crazy parking garage, a pillar literally jumped into the middle of the road and hit my side view mirror. And all I could do was laugh. And laugh hard. I even remember thinking, "God - thanks for making sure I was so happy before that happened so I could just laugh it off instead of getting upset." We need to be able to laugh at things that are funny. And many of the situations that make us upset (like ripping off a side view mirror) also happen to be inherently funny. So let them be funny.
3) Go to the temple. When we go to the temple (or I would also suggest meditation for those who cannot go to LDS temples) we are unworried about the cares of the present, because we feel happiness in who we are. We know we are children of God. We know that God loves us. We know that God wants us to be happy. So why spend any more time being unhappy than we need to :)
Well! I am sure that there are many more things that you are doing that help you to love life. I would love to hear if you have suggestions. I know that the most essential part of loving life and being happy is relying on the Savior and abiding by the commandments. I hope that you can all find some way to LOVE your life today! Love you too much!
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