Monday, October 3, 2011

Thoughts 10/3/11

One of the great things for me about being in India this summer was that (I think for the first time ever) I read through all of the General Conference talks. In the past I would only sort of look through them and maybe read a few that I actually remembered. We did bring scriptures with us to India, but at first I was finding it hard reading them since they didn't stay in my room by my bed. I had brought the Ensign and kept that by the bed so I decided that each night I would read at least one talk. I had the chance to read the talks more than once and really felt like they helped me.

We just had Conference again this weekend and got to listen to all the apostles and prophet speak. There were many thoughts I had as I listened, but one phrase from Sunday that stood out to me came from one of the apostles, I think Elder Oaks, when he spoke about the different names and characteristics of the Savior. So I looked it up today and it comes from John 10:10 "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

I think there are probably so many ways to think about just this scripture. Through the resurrection, Christ gives us life again after we die. But we also might have life more abundantly if we follow him and have eternal life with him and our families. But in also thinking about some of Elder Uchtdorf's talk to women and not forgetting to be happy now, I think it also applies now. That because of Him, life can be/should be more hopeful and joyful now. I think too often I get annoyed or frustrated at minor things. I am especially working on this as it relates to my kids. I feel worried that they might get hurt or irritated at some very kid-like repetitive behavior. So I am trying to let more of those things go that really don't need my interference, let them play and experience life, and reduce my negative feelings. Many times in the moment I feel the negative aspects more and it is when I step back that I really realize all the good I have and enjoy. I want to have life more abundantly and enjoy all the good things more.


Valerie said...

I think it's interesting the studies I've heard about parents vs. non-parents. I've heard that when you measure happiness on a day-to-day basis, parents report being less happy on average than non-parents. But when you measure happiness on any long term scale, like the past year, or 5 years, or 10 years, parents are much happier on average than non-parents.

Maria said...

I also loved the quote about living life abundantly. For me, that means being really present in my life and not being distracted by all that can take me away from the moment. AKA my smart phone, computer, books, etc. When my kids have to yell at me to get my attention, the problem isn't that they are yelling, the problem is that I am not present.

I like your thoughts. Keep 'em coming.