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The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it.

Michelangelo (Not the turtle, just so you know)

So, since I seem to have a few thoughts about not focusing so much on the future at the expense of the past, I figured that I better make it known that I do not endorse laziness. If we don’t make grand plans for the future, we will never have a grand future. Continue reading

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Live Life

When the Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most about humanity, this was his answer.

Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present, the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

This is a powerful quote. I see too many people that are so concerned about the future that they sacrifice any possibility of happiness in their everyday life in order to have it in the future. The problem is that this becomes a habit, and they find that they never stop sacrificing for a future that may or may not be there. Live life now. Continue reading

Watching You

Driving through town just my boy and me
With a happy meal in his booster seat
Knowing that he couldn’t have the toy
Till his nuggets were gone
A green traffic light turned straight to red
I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath
His fries went a flying and his orange drink covered his lap
Well then my four year old said a four letter word
That started with “s” and I was concerned
So I said son now now where did you learn to talk like that Continue reading

Hatch or Go Bad

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

C.S. Lewis

It is impossible for us to stand still in this world. Either we are moving forward or stalling. Think of it like a plane.  If a plane isn’t moving forward fast enough, it stalls and falls out of the sky. We cannot assume that we can stand still in this world that is ever changing. If we are not actively fighting to stay above the now commonplace temptations that are all around us, they will drag us down with them. Continue reading

Lifeguard

Years ago, while at the beach with my family, I noticed signs and flags warning us of a strong current flowing away from the shore into deep, turbulent water. Invisible to my untrained eyes but easily detected by lifeguards on a nearby watchtower, the powerful current posed a danger to all who left the safety of the shore and entered the water. I remember rationalizing, “I’m a strong swimmer. Swimming will be great exercise. I’ll be safe in the shallow water.”

Ignoring the warnings and feeling confident in my own judgment, I entered the water to enjoy a “refreshing” swim. After a few minutes I looked up to locate my family on the nearby beach, but the beach was no longer nearby! The deceptive current I had been warned of had captured me and was quickly pulling me away from my family. Continue reading

Schedule Change

This is just a quick announcement that I’m changing from writing a daily thought to writing one three times a week (probably Monday, Wednesday and Friday – but this may change). There are a couple of reasons for this.

First of all, I’m finding that it takes longer and longer each day to think of and write a thought, and my thoughts are getting shorter and shallower because I don’t have the time to invest in writing them. I feel that if I cut the number down to three a week, I can come up with more meaningful thoughts, rather than having a bunch of mediocre thoughts with the occasional good one.

Second, fewer people are reading my thoughts than were a month ago. This is according to the stats that WordPress shows me when I log in. I find it hard to keep writing when very few people are not reading them. It’s even harder considering the fact that the main person I started doing this for isn’t reading the thoughts anymore. I’m finding it harder to stay motivated. I know that it is good for me to write these, and I hope that they at least help someone out occasionally. That is why I will still continue to write them, just less often.

So count on a thought being posted tomorrow.

There is Beauty

Butterflies don’t know the color of their wings, but human eyes know how beautiful they are. Likewise, you don’t know how good you are, but others can see that you are special.

Unknown

Many times we are a lot harder on ourselves than we need to me. Admittedly, we know ourselves better than others, so we know our weaknesses. However, many times we focus so much on those shortcomings and weaknesses that we forget or don’t see our strengths. Continue reading

Truth Doesn’t Change

The greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and man obeys, that man will always be right.

Thomas S. Monson, The Call of Duty, April 1986

This world is changing, drastically and dramatically. The views of majority of the people around us seem to change on an almost daily basis. What was once almost universally abhorred is now commonly accepted and sometimes even flaunted. However, just because the popular view is changing, the underlying truth of things never will change. Truth is eternal. Continue reading

Too Short or Too Far

On any important truth the devil tries to get you to stop too short or go too far.

Unknown

This quote is pretty deep for how short it is. The true goal in this life is to find balance. Satan always attempts to disrupt that balance by getting us to lean too far one way or the other. It doesn’t matter if he gets us to move away from the teachings of Christ or focus so hard on a few of them that we become zealots – the outcome is the same. Continue reading

He Shows Us Our Weakness

 27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Ether 12:27

This scripture is amazing. Many people focus on the fact that Christ is saying that He will help us overcome our weaknesses. However, there is another point that I love from this scripture. Let me illustrate it with a story. Continue reading