Monday, March 29, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Use with caution.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
That is the number of days until I get on a plane and go to Europe for 2 and a half weeks. Here is the itinerary so far...
Leave from LAX 5/25 7:40-switch in London- Arrive in Glasgow 5/26
Le Village Hostel
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Jordan emailed home today, he was a couple days late but I wasn't entirely worried...Until I went home and checked where his address is on Google Maps... He is 4 miles away from the Mexican border. Juarez to be exact. You know what else google told me about El Paso/Juarez?
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
People are strange...Just ask Jim Morrison, he knew it all too well. What I am starting to realize is that, for the most part, people are a lot alike. We have different ideas about what happiness is and therefore our motivations to get that happiness vary, but I think in studying our differences we have forgotten the thing that ties us all together: Everyone just wants to be happy.
Now I'm not going to go into the deep philosophical things that make people happy, because I believe that deep down the same things create true lasting happiness. However, it seems that most people want to put roadblocks in front of their happiness; As if it is some sacred treasure or Grandma's fancy china that you can only use for VERY special occasions...then the whole time you use it you're having a panic attack about breaking it because you know, statistically, fancy china doesn't last forever. Happiness has become this elusive, abstract word with a long lost meaning that no one fully understands anymore. "When I'm 30 pounds lighter, I can be happy", "When I graduate, I can be happy", "When I get married, I can be happy", "When I buy a house, I can be happy"....It goes on and on until you are suddenly on your death bed and realize that YOU are the only thing that has kept yourself from being happy.
We chain up our spirits and refuse to allow ourselves to experience joy because we somehow believe we don't deserve it. The truth is that everyone deserves to be happy the way they are, without caveats or conditions. Happiness that is contingent upon specifics and delicately balanced atop achievements and unattainable goals will never sustain itself. Yet we do it. All of us to some extent or another. What is it about being happy that so terrifies the human race? When did "Happiness" become yet another thing we impose upon ourselves as a chore, something that we have to work for and toil to get? Yet another thing for us to fall short and feel bad about not having? I'm not sure that is the point. I'm pretty sure that sometimes, happiness really is "finding a pencil" not "practically perfect in every way"...Though that WOULD be pretty awesome.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
- God is perfect, and as such he will be perfectly just and perfectly dole out to me what I deserve
- I will never fully understand WHY things happen
- But I am in total control of HOW I react to them
- Time is definitely a man-made thing, not an eternal thing
- I will always have at least one friend at any given time who will be what I need at that time
- Miracles happen all the time
- That I am capable of more than what I can see right in front of my face
- No matter how ugly this patch is, the whole picture will end up beautiful
- I am so totally NOT in control of anything
- If I pay my tithing, I will never want for anything materially (not REALLY)
- As compared to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ I am a dumb dumby McDumberson from Dumb-Ville so I should just listen to them already.
- Sometimes, love for someone else is what keeps you going when nothing else can get you out of bed
- Sometimes, happiness is a warm puppy
- People are different...and if I want to stay a part of society, I should try to love them anyway...or at least stay away from them so I don't spew hate all over the place and everyone around me who may actually stand a chance at loving them.
- Every experience, good or bad, has the ability to make me a better person or a worse person and it is up to me choose which.
- The scriptures really DO have an answer for everything
- The temple is absolutely a sacred place
- Mental and emotional strength are just like any other muscle...in order to become stronger you have to exercise them and push them beyond what you think their limits are...often.
- "Stressed out" and "Overwhelmed" are states of mind, not states of being.
- I am 23. My life isn't over yet, and really it wont ever be so I should stop counting down.