Grounded For The Week


I am grounded for the week!

What brought this about?

Could it be the number of people involved?

Could it be the music?

Could it be the stories that were told?

Could it be the activities we engaged in?

Could it be the feeling that pervaded the room?

Could it be the people involved?

Could it be the type of humor used?

Could it be what those involved were doing to each other?

Could it be the pictures we were exposed to?

Could it be that this wasn’t the first time it happened?

Could it be the attitude exhibited there?

Could it be the crowd I had put myself with?

Could it be the way we were dressed?

 

Grounded – “used to describe a person who is sensible and has a good understanding of what is really important in life.”

Yep, that’s what Primary did for me!  :)

Primary – The Great Equalizer!


Primary never ceases to amaze me.  I recently realized that Primary is the great equalizer!

As we go about our daily lives, we find that we are all different.  We have various talents, interests, strengths, opinions, biases, and thoughts.  At times it seems there is no reconciliation whatsoever, because try as we might, we can still find ourselves on opposite sides and with no idea why others don’t see things as we do!

Enter, Primary.

Something truly amazing happens when people start serving in Primary.  They still have various talents, interests, strengths, opinions, biases, and thoughts, but now they also have something in common.

They are teaching children about their Father in Heaven and His plan of happiness.

Viola’!  Instantly their various talents, interests, strengths, opinions, biases, and thoughts meld together into one – one purpose, one goal, one mind, one heart.

They are all suddenly friends, and fellow-servants with Christ, using their various talents, interests, strengths, opinions, biases, and thoughts for a higher purpose.  The outcome of this metamorphosis is astonishing!

People who used to be at odds with each other suddenly become good friends.  They now see that they are not so very different after all, in fact, they have quite a lot in common.  And they discover, perhaps to their surprise, that that which makes us the same far outweighs that which makes us different.

Thank you, Father in Heaven, for Primary – the great equalizer!  :)

Finding Less to Fight About


How nice it is when you finally settle down and don’t take everything so personally anymore!

When you’re young and don’t know any better, you can take offense so easily.  Things that really don’t matter get you bristling, an innocent word or action by someone instantly jumps you into fight or flight mode, and heaven forbid anyone actually outright tries to insult you!

That makes for a rough, stressful, often gut-wrenching life.  :(

How nice it is when you finally settle down and don’t take everything so personally anymore!

Then things that don’t really matter usually run off you like water on a duck’s back, innocent words and actions stay innocent and may even make you smile, and you finally find yourself overlooking insults as thoughtless or actually meaningless moments by someone who is in some type of immediate distress, feeling insecure.

And you can easily let it go.

Especially when it comes from someone you love.  You put them first, and more important, than whatever it is that is trying to get between you.  You might let it in for a moment, that’s only human.  But you know how to rise above it and move on to more important things.

True bliss!

Do You Ever Feel Weird?


Recently as I was leaving the building, I suddenly felt kind of weird.  You may have felt it before yourself, something just kind of hits you, feels a bit strange.

I found myself wondering what brought it on.  I immediately began a mental checklist to see if I can discover why I’m feeling this way right now.

  • Did I forget something? 
  • Did something happen that I need to deal with? 
  • Did someone say or do something that is affecting me? 
  • Did a negative thought just jump into my head?
  • Is it something positive that I just haven’t been able to really give some thought to?
  • Is there something I need to share with someone that I haven’t taken care of yet?
  • Is it something that bothers me that I have no control over, but worry about anyway?

It amazes me how much my emotions and thoughts can affect me!  This time I can’t discern a specific reason for the feeling, so I set it aside and think about where I’m going.  If the checklist had brought something to my attention, I could have considered it, contemplated what the best course of action might be around it, and decided what to do about it.  Or not.

Sometimes I’m just not ready to deal with the issue and need a little time to adjust.

Oh well, this too shall pass!  :)  Feelings are interesting!

I Hate DVDs!


DVDs, CDs………I hate them!

“But!” you may say, “the picture is so much better, they are so thin they take up almost no room, you can have 100 in an easy-to-carry compact case!”

And I would have to say that you bring up some good points. 

But information, movies, shows, etc. are only as good as their vehicle of delivery.  Does this sound familiar?

You go to the store and find the very CD, or DVD, that you have been wanting forever.  You buy it on the spot!

You unpackage it (this could be a whole other story in and of itself), go over to the device you are going to play it in, and carefully lift it out of the holder.  You pop it into the electronic appliance that will magically “read” and play it for you.  You sit back to relax and enjoy your new-found prize!

Then,

What’s this?  It just skipped ahead!  You can’t get it to go back and play correctly.  So, you take it out of the machine, turn it over, and look. 

WHAT?

A huge scratch across the disk!

And you thought balloons deflate fast when they are popped.  Ha! 

Now you have to live with a disk you can never enjoy, try to go all the way back to the store to exchange it, or just throw it away.  :(

Nope, I hate DVDs, and CDs.  Give me back a good old VCR or audio cassette tape.  Those things live forever.  They take more punishment and replays than anything else around! 

Yep, give me back the tapes!  :)

The Men’s Turn


Do you ever wonder what the true vision of manhood is? 

Do you have trouble finding balance in today’s world with society’s awkward and often disjointed views of men, particularly because of all the so-called advances?

Do you long to find your rightful place – your reason for living?

Everyone struggles with these questions, and more, from time to time.  Especially today, when we seek the real meaning of manhood, equality, fatherhood, personhood, etc. it can seem that no one really knows, and everyone is simply putting forth their own opinion of what should be.

I invite you to find out for yourself, to feel a peace and calm that will fill your soul and satisfy your yearnings!

Today, Saturday, April 4, 2015 was the Priesthood broadcast of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!  It is available to view at your leisure at lds.org.  If you missed it, or want to see it again, or see previous ones, go there and enjoy the spiritual feast!

You may never be the same again!  :)

 

General Women’s Conference


Do you ever wonder what the true vision of womanhood is? october-2013-general-conference-1169820

Do you have trouble finding balance in today’s world with society’s awkward and often disjointed views of women despite all the so-called advances?

Do you long to find your rightful place – your reason for living?

Everyone struggles with these questions, and more, from time to time.  Especially today, when we seek to define womanhood, equality, motherhood, personhood, etc. it can seem that no one really knows, and everyone is simply putting forth their own opinion, of what should be.

I invite you to find out for yourself, to feel a peace and calm that will fill your soul and satisfy your yearnings!

This Saturday, March 28, 2015 beginning at 6:00pm MDT you can be a part of the largest Women’s conference in the world!  It will be broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA and you can watch it live at lds.org totally free.  If you miss it, or want to see it again, or go now and see previous ones, go there and enjoy the spiritual feast!

You may never be the same again!  :)