Thursday, January 3, 2013

My Resolutions

I have never made resolutions before.  I always figured they were kind of silly and useless - who actually keeps them anyway?  Not to mention they are usually silly anyway consisting of losing weight, etc.  But, these past few days I have really been reflecting on how I can be a better person.  How can I live up more to my potential?  I love Joseph B. Wirthlin.  He was one of my favorite apostles ever.  He wrote so many talks that touched me to the soul.  One of them was "Come What May, and Love It".  I felt that he so greatly touched on everything we need to be doing every day.  I also really appreciated Presidents Uchtdorf's recent talk on "Of Regrets and Resolutions".  So based on that here are my resolutions.

  1.  1.       Come what may, and LOVE it.  
    a.     “How can we love days that are filled with sorrow? We can’t—at least not in the moment. I don’t think my mother was suggesting that we suppress discouragement or deny the reality of pain. I don’t think she was suggesting that we smother unpleasant truths beneath a cloak of pretended happiness. But I do believe that the way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life.
    If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.” Joseph B. Wirthlin October, 2008 Ensign
    2.     Learn to laugh
    a.     “The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.” Joseph B. Wirthlin October, 2008 Ensign
    3.     Seek for the eternal
    a.      “Learning to endure times of disappointment, suffering, and sorrow is part of our on-the-job training.  These experiences, while often difficult to bear at the time, are precisely the kinds of experiences that stretch our understanding, build our character, and increase our compassion for others.” Joseph B. Wirthlin October, 2008 Ensign
    4.     Understand the principle of compensation
    a.     “The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss.  That whichis taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way.  While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.”  Joseph B. Wirthlin October, 2008 Ensign
    5.     Put my trust in the Father and the Son
    a.     “The simple secret is this: put your trust in the Lord, do your best, then leave the rest to Him.” Joseph B. Wirthlin October, 2008 Ensign
    6.     To spend more time with those I love
    a.     “Isn’t it true that we often get so busy? And, sad to say, we even wear our busyness as a badge of honor, as though being busy, by itself, was an accomplishment or sign of a superior life.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf October, 2012 Ensign
    7.     Strive more earnestly to become the person God wants me to be
    a.     “Our Heavenly Father sees our real potential. He knows things about us that we do not know ourselves. He prompts us during our lifetime to fulfill the measure of our creation, to live a good life, and to return to His presence.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf October, 2012 Ensign
    8.     Resolve to find happiness, regardless of circumstance
    a.     “Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf October, 2012 Ensign

    So here is to 2013.  I am going to try my hardest to live up to my potential, be happy, and become the woman my Heavenly Father knows and loves.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is just fabulous.
    What a wonderful idea - that was one of my favourite talks of his.