Monday, January 2, 2012

Saying Goodbye and keeping my perspective!

Well, sorry I didn’t write last night, I was trying to spend every last minute with my kids and family. Jeff, Lee and Lauren just headed out a minute a go for Idaho. I tried not to cry but it certainly didn’t work! I know it is such a great opportunity for them to get to go to school and get a great education but…wow, how did they grow up that fast? My heart is aching, I guess that is pretty normal huh? I am sure they will be ok, and I am so grateful that they will have each other there. So it was time to say Good bye and let them head off on this journey and adventure… that we call LIFE!

Yesterday in church, one of the lessons was about perspective on life and appreciation for the scriptures. The teacher did a great job, he first showed us a  couple of puzzles that he and his family had put together. Each one was a painting from a famous artist. He spoke of the first one which was called The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. He mentioned when they first laid out the pieces it just looked basically like a bunch of blue and yellow pieces, and thought how hard or near impossible it might be to put together. Then he talked about our lives and how sometimes if we just look at things on the surface and for face value, that we might not think our life is worth much. But then (like the puzzle), the more you work at it, the more you see  and the easier it becomes. Such is life, we need to really work at it, take time to search for scriptures that will tell us where we came from, why we are here and where will we go after this life? All those questions…if  you have the answers to them, surely give your life much more meaning and purpose. Isn’t that what we all need to know…our purpose? I believe when you finally get answers to your questions and know your purpose here…life truly gets better!

So much like the puzzle, the more we work on our life and our purpose, the easier it will be to see the outcome or finished product. The teacher mentioned the fact that when you keep working on the puzzle and you get more and more pieces together, then you are more able to see the finished picture. That is an exciting time! So it is in life… we need to search, ponder, pray and study the scriptures…all those things combined in the proper order and time, will give you the ability to see the future and help you have a goal to work for. Do you know how many people in the world don’t even have that? So I am going to rededicate all my efforts on staying focused on my purpose. When I lose that and start to just see myself for face value, I get discouraged, all I can see is my faults and weaknesses. Then from there I get more discouraged, my feelings get hurt easily and I sorta do the whole victim role again.

But in reality, I am a survivor of many things in life, I have lots to be thankful for and lots to look forward too. That Sunday School lesson was perfect for me yesterday, because for the past few days I have really been struggling with my self worth and self esteem. I need to remember to keep working on my PUZZLE ( so to speak), keep praying for strength and help. I need to look at my accomplishments more instead of my failures, yes….I need to stay dedicated at working on my puzzle, and doing all that I can to stay close to the Lord. It is so easy to stop working on things and slide backwards…guess that is human nature in us? But at least for now, I am going to try to keep moving forward, and stay focused on the big picture because when I do…I realize how good life is, and will be in the future if I just do my best and never give up! Plus, it is vital for me to remember to take it one day at a time, just like the puzzle you accomplish it …one piece at a time!

Hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and realize how grateful I am to have you in my life, I am truly blessed. Have a great day dear friends!

“A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way.”     ~ Allen Klein

“People who look through keyholes are apt to get the idea that most things are keyhole shaped.”     ~Author Unknown

“I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year.”    ~Henry Moore


Jean(ie) said...

I'm a new reader. Isn't it wonderful when you get those "reminders" just when you need them?

It saddens me when people don't have a goal or don't know their purpose. I feel so blessed to know mine...

Joan said...

I love reading your posts, Lynn..but this one especially touched me! You are truly inspiring! Remember I'm in Boise if any of the family needs a stopping point between Washington and Rexburg! Happy New Year!