Monday, April 21, 2008
Who I am Makes A Difference!
This past weekend, I was able to go to church with my sister and brother in-law. It was so amazing to be there with my little sister as she delivered one of the most powerful talks I have heard in a long time. She spoke about standards and why youth need to uphold them. Personally, I have not had a hard time keeping the standards presented by the church, and knew at a very young age that the guidelines acted as a protection for me.
Lately, I have been thinking about right and wrong. Does it exist? I know, a very random question...but I take a look at people in my life who have done something that I deem as 'wrong,' but then through the power of the Atonement, come back into the 'right.' So, in the long-run, was it wrong? My sister didn't actually touch on that, but the phrases she used weren't necessarily the words 'right' or 'wrong.' She used words like, 'straight and narrow,' 'consequences of misguided decisions,' 'appropriate and inappropriate.' As I have been contemplating the words 'right' and 'wrong' and what they mean, Jamie's talk allowed me to reflect on the truths of the gospel. If I do something in accordance to the will of the Lord, I will reap consequences that leave me feeling enlivened, fulfilled and happy. If I do something that is not in accordance with the truths the Lord has provided for me, I will reap the consequences of those decisions to. Is it wrong? In this representation, maybe 'wrong' is not the most fitting word. Something to think about.
It is interesting to me though, that the general feeling or thought about standards sometimes leave people feeling like they have all these strict rules to follow. What I have found is when I keep my standards, I create a space where I am empowered. Keeping standards allows me to practice something that sets me apart....makes me different.
I received this video from a dear friend talking about 'who I am makes a difference.' I can't remember the exact statistics, but children hear up to 432 words a day that are negative, and only 32 that are positive. At work, I started practicing saying more encouraging words and have noticed a huge difference in the work space. This video is very profound and most certainly accurate when I find that I am trying to balance every day busy loads and forget who I am.