Friday, August 7, 2009

Just a Thought

I am sitting here at work and because the receptionist is not here, I am sitting up front doing her job which involves.... a LOT of nothing! So I thought I'd post. I know that probably no one enjoys reading abstract, random posts but this is more for me than anyone else. If you know me, I used to be a creative writing major and I LOVE to write and just talk... and talk and talk! So here are somethings I've been thinking about lately:

I just finished reading the watered down version of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- it was the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens :) Brig got it for me because it was free at a garage sale and he said it works because I'm still a teen... very funny honey! Actually it was! So I read it because the real version scared me. Anyway, it was just jam-packed of AWESOME stuff and advice and things to be Highly Effective! But I found myself kind of floundering in a sea of awesome advice... and I didn't really know where to begin. I guess I just realized some things about myself. One of the things that really hit me hard was the section about keeping promises to yourself. These are important promises to keep but most of us, at least I, didn't really ever think about it that way. If you don't keep promises to yourself, such as getting up early and exercising or not eating chocolate for a week, then how are you EVER going to keep bigger promises to yourself such as being a good example for your kids or attending all 3 hours of church every single Sunday. We tear ourselves down every time we break a promise that we made to ourselves. And I am bad at that!!!!! And it tears me down!! And I didn't even know it!

Some other things the book made me think about:

Am I really a good listener? Do I judge people or give my advice when all they really want me to do is listen to them?

Do I let others share their ideas with me and do we work together for a better solution rather than thinking that my idea is the only way?

Do I do enough service for others? Actually that's not even a question, I know that I don't do enough.

Anyway, the point is I need to be better! Not for anyone else's sake but my own!

The next book I've begun reading is called The Holy Secret. We had a FHE lesson on it the other week. The teacher gave a quick summary of what it was about: a man leaves church early because a Sacrament meeting talk pierced his heart and he needed to go think. The talk was about loving things that are holy. We have been commanded to love the temple and the scriptures and the Sabbath day. But do we really?

I heard that and I know I needed to read this book. I have been needing help in this department to be honest with you. To a degree, I love the temple and the scriptures and the Sabbath but do I want to be in the temple more than any other place? Do I want to read the scriptures more than any other book? I don't think so. And that is a problem. I'm working on it :)

We're happy and blessed beyond measure! I love the church! Thanks for reading if you stuck it all the way through :) If you didn't, I don't blame you!


Rachel said...

Em, that is awesome! Sounds like I need to work on a lot of those things as well! Thanks for your example! You are amazing and I miss you.


Jen said...

Can you email me your Mesa-home address?

AUTUMN said...

awww EMiLY You are so inspirational! YOU make me want to be a better person for myself because of what you said. That book is BRiLLiANT! Thanks for that uplifting thought! LOVE and MiSS YOU!