Kindness begins with me…

November 12, 2008

I have been thinking a lot about LIFE today. I have realized in the course of all this thinking and pondering that it’s not about me and what I want, but the truest happiness and deepest joy comes from living our lives as the Lord would like us too. Each of us has a divine role, a purpose in life that only we can fill. We truly are blessed to have the knowledge that we can choose to follow and submit our will to God, our Heavenly Father who has the godly power to see all things, or to go our own way without His help. Do we TRUST Him enough to let Him guide us? Do we TRUST Him enough to submit our will to Him?

 

He has given us the opportunity to choose what we will do, He loves us so much that He won’t take that agency of choice away, but what should we choose? Do we choose to do those things that will give us lasting happiness or those that give us a moment of satisfaction?

 

In today’s society we are so focused on the individual that we forget what life, our life, is truly about. We have been blessed with bodies given to us by our Father in Heaven. What are we doing to them? Do we hold them sacred? Do we respect those around us that choose to keep them sacred and sanctified? Will we treat others with respect, or knock them down to build ourselves up?

 

Personally I have found that when we are kind to those around us, we actually become stronger more capable people. Love grows inside us that is genuine, unselfish, and true. We become the type of people that care, that are true disciples of Jesus Christ, people that are respectful, honest, caring, people that understand what Life really is about. There is a saying that goes “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle”. How true this is, we cannot know when someone is hurting inside, how they truly feel, but if we go about doing good – lifting up one another we become the answer to someone’s pleading prayer, we become the friend that made a difference, we become a Hero.

 

We can never truly know what difference we make in someone’s life, but each of us is needed. We have a reason to live; we have a reason to be here at this time in our lives. Through us God can work the miracles He needs to for His children.  

 

There is a story, that has touched my heart and I would like to share this with you.

 

“I remember when I was young, there was an older boy who was physically and mentally disabled. He had a speech impediment and walked with difficulty. The boys used to make fun of him. They teased and taunted him until sometimes he would cry.

I can still hear his voice: “You’re not kind to me,” he said. And still they would ridicule him, push him, and make jokes about him.

One day I could bear it no longer. Although I was only seven years old, the Lord gave me the courage to stand up to my friends.

“Don’t touch him,” I said to them. “Stop teasing him. Be kind. He is a child of God!”

My friends stepped back and turned away.

I wondered at the time if my boldness would jeopardize my relationship with them. But the opposite happened. From that day onward, my friends and I became closer. They showed increased compassion for the boy. They became better human beings. To my knowledge, they never taunted him again.

Brothers and sisters, if only we had more compassion for those who are different from us, it would lighten many of the problems and sorrows in the world today.” Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Concern for the One,” Liahona, May 2008, 17–20

 

I love this story! What an amazing blessing this boy was granted. To have just one person stick up for him. I know that in my life I have been blessed with friends that have helped me in many ways, ways that seem so small to the outside world but were HUGE and life changing for me. What would happen if we all took the counsel given at the end of this story “have more compassion for those who are different from us?” it will lighten many of the problems and sorrows of today’s world. We can make a difference one by one.

 

I want you to think about the following questions…

At what times in my life have I truly felt peace?

What were my happiest moments?

What is my life all about?

What can I do today to be a little kinder to someone?

 

If there is anything in this life that I have discovered… it’s this – We are all in this together! We have the power to make a difference in someone else’s life. There is a reason for everything, every situation, every opportunity, short coming, everything.

 

We have the power to make this world a better place. If we work together, with God as our leader, all things are made possible… when we go about doing good, we can do no wrong. Even in a world of hurt, pain, anger, and evil we can feel peace, love, comfort, and hope as we strive to lift each other, choose the good things in life and do our best to live the standards our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has taught “Love one another, as I love you”.  

 

There is a saying that I learned when I was a little girl that says, “Kindness begins with me”. I hope it will begin with each of us today. I hope we can each use our God given agency to do good, to bless the lives of those around us. I hope we can see who we really are, why we are here, and make the choice today to do good today. May God be with you!

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Hello world!

April 30, 2008

is just in…

haha… what would it be like to be someone other than yourself?

i mean really- don’t we all just wish that we could be someone other than who we are? i don’t understand why we as humans feel the need to want to clone someone else… so what if others are more popular, wealthy, talented, fun, outgoing, and the list goes on forever…

what would the world be like if we all just understood that without each of us individually the world would be boring! that we are needed and that we do make a difference…

i have had a couple experiences these past couple months that have allowed my eyes to open to see that i am ok… who i am is perfect for ME! i don’t need to be what the world thinks i should be i need to be who our Heavenly Father expects me to be… an individual… someone unique- someone that tries to be good and do the best i can everyday!

who cares if someone doesn’t like me? would i rather they like me for who i am not?

being someone other than who we are doesn’t serve us well… i’m on my soap box here i know, but seriously… what’s the deal! why can’t people just accept that they are different, that when they are confident and accepting of themselves as a whole the “world”, their “world” will love them! They are unique, talented, and so amazing in their own individual way!!! Don’t you think?!?

Take a minute and look at the people that you like the most- what draws them to you? is it that they are beautiful, rich, talented, or whatever else you think is important… or is it simply because they are themselves… confident, accepting and just ok being them?

i think if we are a little more loving, accepting and patient with one another our world will be brighter, we will be more blessed, and we will find that we can accept that no matter what we are important, we are needed, we are to be perfectly… ourselves!

John Ruskin: Famous Quotes: Character
What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Famous Quotes: Character
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

C. S. Lewis: Famous Quotes: Character
What you see and hear depends a great deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.

Brian Tracy: Famous Quotes: Character
Whatever is expressed is impressed. Whatever you say to yourself, with emotion, generates thoughts, ideas and behaviors consistent with those words.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Dignity Quotes
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

Henry Ford: Dignity Quotes
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you’re right.

Bob Richards: Dignity Quotes
You are what you think. You are what you go for. You are what you do.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer: Dignity Quotes
You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.