Get Outside Everyday. Miracles Are Waiting Everywhere!

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Many years ago a letter was published in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, written by one of the papers columnist, Regina Brett. She wrote down 45 lessons that life taught her. Listed below are a few of them.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

6. You don’t have to win every argument — agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone…..it’s more healing than crying alone.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry — God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, but the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

28. Forgive everyone for everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere..

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

While my list might differ somewhat than the above author, it is close enough to merit consideration. In summation, overall, these thoughts are really about basic Christian principles that we all have been taught since childhood. I most like number thirty-nine, “Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere”.

The author of all miracles is Heavenly Father. May we greet each day with the thought that each day is a day of miracles. In so doing, every new day will become a day full of anticipation!

Giving Our Love We’ll Make Heaven On Earth!

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Over these many years my wife and I have experienced more together than we can even remember.  Truly, “…(she) and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.” (Beatles, “Two Of Us”) A bond is forged where you now know each others thoughts,  and you can predict each others reactions to surrounding events.  As we grow older I look at her face while she is sleeping and it has become more beautiful than when we met, because every line, every feature, every expression has become a part of our history together.  When you spend your entire life with one person, you learn that you will never know anyone else to the depth and magnitude as your spouse.  Likewise, you come to understand that no one else will ever know the total essence of who you are as does your companion.  We have laughed together, we have wept together!  We have experienced the heights of what this life has to offer and have been together in the depths of its darkest regions.

Together we have traveled a long and winding road. It has held many thrills and also some disappointments. Like most couples these experiences have had life changing effects on us both.  For me, life’s experiences has strengthened and fortified a love I held for her as a young man.  My understanding of love has increased monumentally through the years.  I know her so well. She knows me so well.  The longer we are together, the deeper my appreciation for who she is increases.

Like every husband, I hope that she can feel my love, simply by the look of my eyes.  (Psalms 26:3)  The day will come when my eyes will dim and  words cannot be exchanged because separation comes to all.  When that day comes, I want her to know that my love is eternal and that she will “always” be mine.

For many of us the gospel of Jesus Christ has been at the core of our lives.  It is through his atonement that all of us have hope to be together forever,  and that our journey through this life is just the beginning; not the end.  “I believe in a world where light will guide us and giving our love we’ll make a heaven on earth.” (“I Believe”, Andrea Bocelli and Katherine Jenkins) Believers look forward to the time when the Savior will come again and the world really will be heaven on earth. I believe! Until that day,  a husband and a wife sharing their love can at least provide a bit of  heaven while still in mortality!

After The Death Of This Salesman…

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The famous American playwright Arthur Miller wrote “Death of a Salesman,” which tells of the life and tragic death of a salesman named Willy Lowman. At the age of sixty-three Willy loses his job and in despair commits suicide. He does this in order to secure the financial welfare of his family through his life insurance policy.
I have been a salesman almost my entire life. I can certainly empathize with Willy’s plight. Selling can be a hard job. Often your value is based solely on that month’s, or week’s, or day’s sales production. And if that is all I had to evaluate my life’s work on, I might consider a similar fate. But, I doubt very seriously, when the end of my days come, that much will be said of my sales career. And looking down from above, I will be highly disappointed if it is! I am in hopes that the more important aspects of my life will be recited before those in attendance. Willy Lowman’s mistake was thinking that the end of this life was the sum total of who he was or would ever be as a salesman. His despair in not reaching “greatness,” as he perceived it, drove him to take his own life.
Sadly many of us live out our lives in a similar fashion. We never fully understand that this is just a way station in the big plan. No more than a moment in time. The sum total of a man is not to be found in the honors of this world.

I have a strong testimony that the resurrection is real. Consequently I have never felt the same despair in my life as Willy Lowman. I know that the Savior lives and because of that, after the death of “this” salesman, I have faith that my life will go on and the associations I have made in this life will live on in the eternities. That knowledge helps me keep things in perspective so that I don’t sell myself short of the price already paid for my happiness!

My Brother’s Keeper

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I have attended many weddings over my lifetime and I am always struck by how often the brother of the groom, who is asked to give a toast, tells how he and his brother always fought, or didn’t get along when they were younger. I hear over and over how they had fist fights as kids or some other grim story of their relationship, which now has changed for the better. I always wonder if their relationship has really changed, or are they just saying something nice for the sake of the groom. It is foreign to me; to fight with your brothers. Why would you?

I see in the scriptures that, beginning with the first family, there is an example of a brother whose jealousy, envy and greed towards the other led to wicked and tragic things. The sad saga of brother’s wrath for each other is chronicled throughout not only scripture, but throughout the secular history of the world. Blessed then indeed, I must be, to never have had harsh feelings towards my brothers. For me, it has been the opposite. I have felt wonderful support and encouragement throughout my life from them. I believe they sincerely want the best for me and I know I want the best for them.

In the church we are taught to call one another “Brother” or “Sister”, a practice which is supposed to remind us to treat everyone with love and kindness as we would a family member. But if you can’t love those closest, I wonder how difficult it must be to actually love someone who is no more than an acquaintance. The Savior gave us good counsel when he said:

“…why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.” (Luke 6: 41-42)

Of course a “mote” is a speck or particle while a “beam” is a long, or large piece of wood. In other words the Lord was telling us that oft-times we are willing to overlook huge faults in ourselves, but strain at small faults of others.

Because one of my brother’s birthdays is this week, I have been  reflecting on the role of brothers. I think it is a wonderful thing to have one. It is truly a great blessing to be one.  I think the Lord intended that all mankind be true brothers. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” was Cain’s response to the Lord’s inquiry as to the whereabouts of his brother Able.  The Lord’s reply of, “What hast thou done?” (Genesis 4:10), is a question that all of us will be asked come judgment day. Let us live our lives such that when that day comes we can confidently reply that we have followed the new commandment given by the Savior,  “That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34)

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