Perspective is a funny thing. Sometimes we (meaning I) get so caught up in everything in the day to day we don’t always remember the things that matter most. I’ve had a few reminders today that people (most particularly family), not things, or goals, how many people read this blog or like my pictures, or accomplishments are the most important. I like to think of myself as a person who doesn’t get caught up in that stuff, but just like the other 100% of people in this world, at times I do.
Here’s a story:
Once upon a time I was feeling like my life was frustrating because I wasn’t making as much money as other people, my job was tiring, sometimes unrewarding, I wanted to move to a different city, my stomach still felt like it was punched fifty thousand times and wasn’t getting better, and we had no idea what our little family would be doing after May.
I was whiny. I was annoyed.
Then I talked to some friends, read some blogs, remembered others circumstances, and realized that I was being a [tad bit] self-centered, caught up in what society tells us we need, and basically ungrateful for what I have.
So what are the things I am grateful for?
That I’m a twin
The wonderful people I get to coach and associate with
I have a job
The Fall weather
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
The Utah Jazz
…. just to name a few.
Life is what you make it, and if you go around looking for thorns on the roses, you’re going to find them.
To wrap it up… President Uchtdorf said it best this last general conference:
“God knows of your successes; though they may seem small to you, He acknowledges and cherishes each one of them. …….
Do you suppose it matters to our Heavenly Father whether your makeup, clothes, hair, and nails are perfect? Do you think your value to Him changes based on how many followers you have on Instagram or Pinterest? Do you think He wants you to worry or get depressed if some un-friend or un-follow you on Facebook or Twitter? Do you think outward attractiveness, your dress size, or popularity make the slightest difference in your worth to the One who created the universe?He loves you not only for who you are this very day but also for the person of glory and light you have the potential and the desire to become.More than you could ever imagine, He wants you to achieve your destiny—to return to your heavenly home in honor.”
So happy almost Jazz season to you! May we all be a little more grateful for what we have, remember the things that matter most, and enjoy our day to day lives.
Also… shout out to my XC team! I’m so proud of you guys, all your hard work, and your performance at state! 3rd place finish for the girls, 1st place individual for Miss Kate, and even though the boys weren’t pleased with their 12th place finish, I know their talent and potential and the hard work they’ve put in and I’m ecstatic for who they are and what they’ve done. Thanks for a fantastic XC season Provo!