Wednesday, August 11, 2010

No Doubt About It!

So I just finished this book called "No Doubt About It" by Sheri Dew. "Alexis, what's the the psycho book cover?" I typed in "No doubt about it book" under images in google, and this is what came up. Yeah, don't ask me how search engines work.

Anyways, this book is FANTASTIC. It's written by an LDS woman who seems to have had every experience in the world. If I had to sum it up, I'd say it's basically an optimistic book about integrity.

"every time we choose honesty or to stand up for decency, we displace evil..."

It impressed me what was said about honesty. It's so true. The value of someone's "word" has decreased. I think a lot of times we let our integrity go a little bit because we argue with ourselves that the reason we're being dishonest doesn't matter. We think telling people what they want to hear, cheating on a test question or two, or getting something we don't pay for is worth our integrity. It's easy to think that being dishonest doesn't matter because the reason for it "doesn't matter." Someone mentioned this to Sheri Dew, "You know, I've never given much thought to the notion that we ought to expect our leaders to be honest, but I can now see that organizations fall apart when people don't tell the truth." Dishonesty is incredibly destructive and hurtful to all involved.

Another thing I love is how she talks about becoming the best we can be. She talks about Lion King, where Mufassa talks to Simba.

"You have forgotten who you are because you have forgotten me. You have become less then you are."

Obviously, this can be related to neglecting our relationship with Christ and our Father in Heaven. It's impossibly to live up to our potential if the important things [insert beliefs here] aren't the center of our lives.

"clearly, Satan wants us to see us as the world sees us, because the world's mirror....distorts and minimizes us. Satan tells us we're not good enough. Not smart enough. Not thin enough. Not cute enough. Not clever enough. Not anything enough. And that, is a big, fat devilish lie."

"fifty years from now, what we become won't surprise us, because we will have become what we have set our heart upon." --Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also [somewhere in Matthew]

"the measure of a person's conversion is how they treat others." -a General Authority.

"many of us have everything--except happiness."

I would recommend this book to anyone. LDS or not. I'll even let you borrow it! Sorry I can't talk about "normal" things that happen in the day. That's just not me. This stuff is the stuff I think about. It's so awesome for me to look back on past things i've written and remember how I felt or maybe even gain inspiration. Yeah, from myself. cool. Well, usually just me quoting other people way cooler than myself.

There have been so many changes in my life lately. Okay, so only a few. But it FEELS like a lot. Relationships have been lost and found. I have such AMAZING friends in my life. I am so thankful for them. One of them is Tia [please don't hate me!]. She is one of the kindest, most selfless people I know. She inspires me to be better! Also, I started a new job. It's a Rio Salado. It is more hours then I've ever worked, so I'm nervous about balancing that with school. But all in all, I feel incredibly lucky to have such a great job! The people are amazing! Plus, I'm lucky to even HAVE a job. Someone is lookin out for me :) Also, I've been thinking about whether or not I should go on a mission. Or should I finish school? Lots of questions! And I have to come up with the answers! It's crazy and stressful but also AWESOME. Sometimes I wonder what I've done to deserve all these blessings. I have an incredible family that I love with everything. I have a house. I have food to eat. I have a job. I have the opportunity to further my education! I have so many amazing friends in my life. I'm blessed with a body that makes so many things possible. And of course, the greatest blessing I have the is Gospel of Jesus Christ. It gives me strength, courage, happiness, purpose. I am lucky. I think if you think about it, you'll find out how lucky you are too!


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