Friday, January 27, 2012

Life's Lessons of Efforts

I'm gonna start off with the fact that I have learned,
that sometimes the best therapy
(although often thought to be any form of chocolate )
may just indeed be letting tears roll down your face,
no wiping them away with you hands or tissues.
Just let them roll on down, splattering where they fall.
It's good stuff.

President David O. McKay once said,

"Wisdom comes through effort. All good things require effort. That which is worth having will cost part of your physical being, your intellectual power and your soul power—'Ask, and it shall be given you seek, and ye shall find knock, and it shall be opened unto you:' (Matt. 7:7.) But you have to seek, you have to knock. On the other hand, sin thrusts itself upon you. It walks beside you, it tempts you, it entices, it allures. You do not have to put forth effort. It is like the poor, fallen woman who lies in wait to deceive. It is like the billboard advertising attracting you to drink and to smoke. It is like the message that comes into your very homes with the television and radio or the golden packet put right into your hand. Evil seeks you, and it requires effort and fortitude to combat it. But truth and wisdom are gained only by seeking, by prayer, and by effort."

I've realized this more and more in the past few months.
And so I've resolved to put more effort in.
More effort into being confident from the inside out,
the right source.
More effort into my scripture study and learning.
More effort into my prayers and the relationship they are building.
More effort into things I enjoy, like reading Harry Potter.
More effort into friendships.
More effort into people.
More effort into trying to ask for things, being humble.
(In a CES fireside called Coming to Know given by Sister Rosemary Wixon in Logan last year, she said, "There is something very humbling about asking. Asking is an act of faith.)
More effort into talking to people about myself...
... my feelings, my struggles, my frustrations, my joys.

More effort to not mess with the man in between:
(p.s. the video is kinda WEIRD,
but this is my favorite version of the song)

And more effort to be more than I are:

More effort to dream:
And what I've already experienced has been exciting!

What are you going to put more effort into?


Cyri said...

Being awesome like you. :) Love ya most, my dear!

Pamela said...

Love those songs. What is the first one from? It's Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters singing, but is this scene from a movie?

Also, I love you.