My Big Revelation!

on March 30, 2009

Ever have a week(s) where you disappoint yourself?  Where you know that you aren’t living up to your potential — and basically you don’t even care?  Well you care enough to feel guilty about it — kinda.  That’s how I was last week.  By Friday I was thinking and praying about why I do this to myself – A question unfortunately I have asked myself and God several times.   I just imagine sometimes Heavenly Father just shaking his head saying “you tell me”.

Friday I went to a seminar.  The speaker had a nice soft voice and I was calm and relaxed and maybe just “still” enough that the Lord and I could have a little conversation.  Okay – lest you think I sat in the back of the room looking like I was talking to myself – you know like on TV shows where the main character sees a ghost that no one else can see and sits there and carries on a conversation and everyone else gives him crazy looks — that wasn’t me – I swear.  This was a little conversation we had in my head.  God is good that way – not expecting me to make a fool of myself when I’m talking to Him.  Okay – so back to our conversation . . .

I was saying something like “I don’t think I can do this — I don’t think I can even achieve my own goals”.   One of my main goals this year is to be healthy and fit – physically, mentally, and spiritually.   I have learned the past few months that the scriptures are right when it talks about our “souls”.  Our soul really is the body and the spirit together.  I want to feel like the two are in harmony.  Then the answer hit me – really – it was one of those times when you know the Lord is really giving you an answer.  This is it — my big revelation:

Do what works!

Yup – that’s it!  That is what I felt the Spirit tell me.  I even kind of sat there in my own thoughts and for a minute said “that’s it?  Do what works?  Are you kidding me?”  The Lord said (ok I’m paraphrasing because it really was more of a feeling) “Yes – do what works and . . . less of what doesn’t work.”  As simple and as dumb as that sounds – I knew it was exactly what I needed to do.

So as I sat there in the peacefulness of the speaker saying – well I’m not quite sure all that she was saying – I started to list out all the things that when I am doing them I feel more at peace, more complete, and more whole. This is what I wrote in my little mauve notebook:

  • Eat Mindfully.  Be responsible and accountable and follow a plan that works for me – but don’t be so neurotic and self critical.
  • Exercise with Joy.  Not that I’m particularly joyful at 5:20 a.m. dragging myself to the gym – but to have joy in moving my body.  Also when the endorphins kick in after a bit – I do feel joy because the best way I can describe it is that my spirit and my body actually connect in a different way.  (yea, yea, scientists call it endorphins — I’m okay with that too.)
  • Be the Blessing.  Seek for and pray for ways to be the blessing in someone else’s life.  It’s usually not huge — maybe my friend calling and asking me to watch her kids while she runs an errand, my niece asking for advice, someone who needs a ride somewhere.  Just any way to bless someone elses life.
  • See the Miracles.  Heavenly Father blesses me and those I love with tender mercies all the time.  I just don’t notice them.  It’s the found keys, a phone call from a friend when I needed it, or when I realize that something I prayed for that didn’t happen the way I wanted it to was actually a blessing when I get the whole story later on.
  • Embrace Gratitude.  All those blessings and miracles — thank Heavenly Father, write them in my journal, thank other people.
  • Savor the Beauties.  I know it goes right along with miracles and gratitude – but there are so many beautiful things in this crazy screwed up world.  Last week as I walked out of work I noticed that the Daffodils had bloomed.  I stood there for a minute and just looked at them.  They were so beautiful — even though they were growing in a small patch of mud.
  • Visualize Success.  When I can relax and get that picture in my mind of me being the person I want to be — I actually am taking a step at being that person.  It’s not magic, it’s not overnight, but it’s a step.
  • Stay in His light. Do the things that keep me in the light of the Savior.  It does mean reading my scriptures and praying with feeling.  It’s repenting of all the stupid things I do.  It’s trying to be worthy of His spirit.

So that’s it — those are the things I’m going to work on.  When I do them – I know it works.  When I don’t – things are harder and more frustrating.  But I know me — I’m not going to do them all perfectly every day. But I’m going to remind myself to try to do them every day.  The cool thing is – doing one of them always makes me want to do more of the other things too.

Do what works!  What works for you?

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5 responses to “My Big Revelation!

  1. Tiffany says:

    Oh how I love, love, love this advice! (And you too, by the way!)

  2. Laurel says:

    what works for me? to follow what works for YOU! (grin)
    thanks for sharing all of this…
    we’ll get there.

  3. Heide says:

    Thank you so much!! You are such an inspiration. I truly wait for you to post so that I can read your words of wisdom. I love you!

  4. Red says:

    I’ve been thinking a lot about these exact things lately. Especially about being the blessing. I’ve been so caught up in what I need and what I want and what I’m not getting that I’ve forgotten that I’m happiest when I’m helping others to be happy. I’m totally incorporating all the rest of your steps, too.

    I heart you missy. Thanks for being a blessing for me.

  5. Vanessa says:

    I’ve read this post a few times over the last couple of weeks and just have never commented on it. I really love it! You are inspirational. You’ve really got it together. It is a delight to know you.

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