6.27.2012

Needed.

Sometimes, the smallest phrases speak the loudest volumes....



I needed this reminder. 


"Hating someone (or holding onto grudges) is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die."


It's all pointless. Anger, malice, being offended, hurt or bitterness....



If you have enough Humility in your heart to be touched by these simple truths, like I have (as of last night) been... no matter how hard the situation may be, just let it go. Forgive and be forgiven


"Not only our eternal salvation depends upon our willingness and capacity to forgive wrongs committed against us. Our joy and satisfaction in this life, and our true freedom, depend upon our doing so. When Christ bade us turn the other cheek, walk the second mile, give our cloak to him who takes our coat, was it to be chiefly out of consideration for the bully, the brute, the thief? Or was it to relieve the one aggrieved of the destructive burden that resentment and anger lay upon us?" 
--Marion D. Hanks, "Forgiveness: The Ultimate Form of Love"

6.25.2012

Spiritually Minded Sunday Duex

Sunday was quite a rough day, I had a hard time feeling the spirit and was distracted over all, during all the meetings. However, that didn't mean I left void of any inspiration!

I loved these 3 small thoughts that I recovered from an extremely beautiful talk given in Sacrament Meeting:

1. Do we vilify ourselves for our imperfections? If so, we shouldn't.

2. Positive, realistic views of our shortcomings help us grow more than disappointment, guilt and anger could ever.

3. Stepping stones are meant to be taken one at a time... not a huge leap from beginning to end. Don't be upset that you're taking your steps one at a time.

Hope everyone had a great weekend :)

6.23.2012

Let's talk about Zombies...

Everyone knows about my irrational fear of vampires, but it's becoming increasingly aware to me that I've developed a healthy new fear of zombies.

"How can a fear of zombies be healthy?" you may ask yourself. Now before you jump to such judgemental feelings, let me first defend myself.

I knew there was a zombie craze happening, due to the show The Walking Dead (and other appropriately named zombie movies). I didn't avoid the 'undead' entertainment, I just never found myself drawn to them. Friends would rant and rave about the series, but I always declined to get involved.

You see, when it comes to Vampires, I can't even see a picture of one without feeling uneasy. My mind literally believes (against all logic) that there are vampires hiding in every dark crevice between the bathroom and my room. It's just built into my brain to think so. However, I don't sleep with garlic hanging above my bed, or a crucifix wrapped around my neck; because realistically I know there are no such things as vampires.

Imagine my shock when a few weeks ago, the report of a zombie-like man came flooding into the newsrooms. Rudy Eugene ate the face and ears and eyes off of a homeless man and was shot several times before eventually being killed. Suddenly people's imaginations went crazy. He's a zombie! They cried. The Zombie Apocalypse is coming! Other's shouted.

Although the whole thing made me terribly uneasy, and a little queasy, I tried not to think much of it.

Then came the New Jersey man who stabbed himself several times, and then began throwing his intestines at police men, or the cannibalistic Canadian man, Luka Rocco Magnotta, who killed and ate parts of his lover. After that was Alexander Kinyua who admitted to killing his roommate and eating parts of his brain and heart....

All these incidents were enough for the Center for Disease Control to issue this statement to the Huffington Post: "CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)".

Huh.




Suddenly my mind began to reel. Being a Mormon, we are constantly reminded to be prepared. We are encouraged to keep a 72 hour kit full of food and clothing and matches etc, in case of an emergency. We're also told to have a year supply of food readily available in case of natural disasters. All this is fine and dandy, but what about my zombie preparedness?

My mind began to spin out of control....

What would happen if a zombie-like person tried to attack me? I certainly couldn't out run them, I'm too over weight and out of shape. 

What if I was given a gun to protect myself? I wouldn't know how to use that thing? I've only shot a gun once in my life, and by the time I figured it out, I'd be half eaten!

What if I was forced out of my home and made to survive in the wilderness like Katniss Everdeen? I'd DIE! I would be the girl to eat the poisonous berries, oh my gosh. I'm doomed. I might as well give up now! I'LL NEVER SURVIVE THIS ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my brain. 



Of course I calmed myself down and reminded myself that I am an extremely religious person, and I do not believe the end of the world will come by way of Zombie Apocalypse. However, that still didn't put my mind enough at ease. 

Listen, I don't freak out in the dark and think that there is a zombie on my heels (like I do with Vampires) but I am growing more and more uneasy at how unprepared I am in every aspect of my life. I've got to get in shape, I've got to learn how to defend myself, and I most certainly need to know which berries are poisonous and which are not.

You're probably thinking to yourself "this girl has cracked up. She's lost her mind. She's one straw away from building a nuclear bomb shelter in her back yard, and living in seclusion down there for the next 50 years of her life".  

And to those of you who have thought this, I would like you to know that I live in NYC and don't have a backyard..... 

In all seriousness, I don't intend to go down without a fight. Whether that be a zombie apocalypse, a mugging on the streets of New York, or a Black Friday sale at Macy's.

6.17.2012

Spiritually Minded Sundays

It seems that it is impossible for me to go to church each week, and not leave with something that has deeply touched me. Whether it's an answer to a question I've been pondering, or a reminder of a principle I've been slacking on, or even just an inspirational idea that I yearn to implement into my daily life; I always leave with something rattling around in my mind.

Each Sunday I would love the opportunity to start sharing one of these quick thoughts with you. It's a perfect way for me to solidify what I've learned :)

Today in Sunday school we were talking about having God's "image in our countenance". Or in other words, how we are able to have God etched into the very fibers of our soul.

Aubrey Potter made the most amazing comment that really stuck with me. She said "my roommates and I were discussing earlier in the weekend about how, due to the amount of time we spend together, we've begun to subconsciously pick up some of each other's mannerisms." (I can totally attest to this concept because I feel as though I do the same thing with my friends!) She went on to say that she began to think about how our relationship with God is like that of any of our friends, and the more we build our relationship with our Father in Heaven, the more we will subconsciously pick up His mannerisms as well.

It could be Charity towards our fellow men, or peace during a time of trials, or the blessing of having more patience... the list of positive attributes we can gain from our Savior is a mile long. And just think: we need only cultivate our growing relationship with Him to have some of these traits rub off on us! Super Cool huh?