Saturday, December 31, 2011

I have kept the faith.

Hugest M.I.A. in the history of my blog. I am not bored of blogging, nor clueless as to what to write, but honestly just can hardly ever seem to convince myself that dragging my lap top to the clubhouse to sit on my butt (for what will undoubtedly be at LEAST an hour) should take precedence over the other number of things that I may have left for my day off (ie, cleaning my bathroom/kitchen/doing laundry/vacuuming/catching up on my dishes/reading a neglected book nearing its due date at the library/visiting friends or RS sisters...etc. you get the idea!)

I am really, really hoping that someday I have the opportunity to regularly write, because I enjoy it immensely. So, rather than try to "update" you on mine and Evan's life (honestly, not much to update anyway) since who knows when I'll write again, I'll just share a few thoughts.

A friend that I follow shared a link to this website, and I came across this article.
Honestly, the whole website it full of incredible articles, but this one really sums up my approach to life.
The 10 things you should be able to say before you die:
1. I followed my heart and intuition.
2. I said what I needed to say.
3. I did what I needed to do.
4. I made a difference.
5. I know what true love is.
6. I am happy and grateful.
7. I am proud of myself.
8. I became the best version of me.
9. I forgave those who hurt me.
10. I have no regrets.

I would like to add my own personal #11. One of my favorite scriptures, if not my most favorite of all, is 2 Timothy 4:7-
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

I have such a strong testimony of the plan of salvation. I know that there is a greater purpose, for each and every person here on this earth. For me, I have found the most happiness when I try to discover that greater purpose through divine inspiration.
Knowing myself, my weaknesses and natural tendencies, I am fully confident that if I had no knowledge of Heavenly Father, His plan, and how I fit into it, I would not be here. I would have never made it this far in life, and I mean that literally. I would drive myself insane, wondering what the point of doing anything was, until I got so confused and frustrated that I would just end everything. I'm sorry if that's an awful thing to say, but it's simply the truth.

Luckily, I have been blessed with that knowledge. And with that knowledge, I have found a way to live my life to what I would definitely consider "the fullest".
I try to be optimistic. I try to be thankful for what I have. I try to treat everybody with the realization that they are a child of God, which most often is merely a sincere smile and "thank you". I try to be patient. I try to forgive.
Notice that word "try"...I am not by any means perfect. But I am continually trying, and I feel that that is what's important.
I think that making an effort to do these things will help me be able to say those 11 things listed above. Especially my own #11: I have kept the faith.


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