This is a little late.
As all my posts are, aren't they?
Anyway, on Sunday I went to church. That part is normal. Throughout church, I got little ideas [promptings] of things I should improve and people who need my help. Again, that part is normal. Then I went home and wrote everything down. That part was new. The typical outcome is that I come home, move on with my day and forget all about those whisperings.
But on Sunday I didn't. I made a T chart. Remember those from jump ropin days? On one side I wrote "What I need to work on" And on the other I wrote "How I'm going to work on it." Simple. I made 4 sections, each of someone needing my help or of something I personally need to work on. I made goals for each area. And you know what? I think that's the most I've gotten out of church in a long time. I think often us church goers go to church, do our part, enjoy our time there, and then forget all about what we felt and learned without putting those things to use.
I believe in Heavenly Father [God] with my whole heart. Whether or not you do, I think we all have areas that we know we need to work on, or friends we know that can benefit from our help. Why don't we act on those ideas? Honestly, I think a big part is just that we flat out forget. Another is that we don't know how to start. Keep it simple.
For example, say you need to work on patience. Make a goal to not yell at the oven once that week for not heating up well! [hey, maybe you have a mischevious oven. Who am I to judge?] Start simple. Set goals you know you WILL accomplish. Be realistic, and don't let failure be an option!
Or let's say you have a friend that you know is lonely. Maybe you don't have enough time that week to stop by and see her all night, but you could send her a letter or give her a phonecall.
Working on this made me wonder how I'm going to be remembered.
Do I want to be remembered by being busy, or being kind?
[the answer is kind, btw]
It's so hard to remember what's important in the end! Can I get an amen?! I thought about how us humans have an unspoken competition with each other about who is the busiest. What's so great about being busy? Does how busy you are indicate how much you're worth? Seriously. Wouldn't it be so much better to be remembered as kind, genuine, even tempered, optimistic, creative, loving, optimistic...there's a huge list of characteristics that are would be way better better than being remembered by being busy. I hope when I die people don't say, "oh, that Alexis! She was just busy all the dang time!"
Why do we think being busy is such a good thing?
How do you want to be remembered?
How do you keep your life simple?
Oh and in case you were wondering if anything has changed....
it hasn't. Still madly in love with my husband :)
[ oh, but my hair did. I cut my hair! Pictures to come as soon as I can sit down at home for more than 18 seconds!]