Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The worth of souls is great!

As I was walking down the hall to work this morning,
I passed girl who was looking at the ground, avoiding eye contact as we crossed paths.
I don't know why she avoided eye contact, but it got me thinking--

A lot of times we avoid eye contact with people because we feel shame,
Or, maybe for some reason, we are afraid of what we will see in their eyes.

What will we see?
Maybe we'll see reality? 

Sometimes, when we look into another person's face, I think we look for reassurance.
Reassurance of our worth, by their reactions to us.
Maybe that's why we fear to look at another's face sometimes,
--Because we're afraid we won't be validated.

I don't know for sure.

But this I do know:
We each, individually, have 
infinite worth.
Forever, always.  
Your worth is unlimited.  Absolute.  
It will never change.

And the same is true for the worth of everyone else around you.
Yes, everyone.

Next time you look at someone's eyes,
Search not for your own worth,
But seek to get a glimpse of theirs.

{photo from lds.org}


- peace - 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Qualitative Equations

Beauty = Love
Love = Beauty

*As long as it's real beauty, and real love

Just ponder on that for a while till it sinks in.
It's a beautiful, beautiful truth.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Why all this talk about God?

Ever wonder why I can't shut up about God and my religion?

Take 5-10 min to read this talk by David A. Bednar.  He explains why better than I can!

Peace out!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Drive and Recovery

Sometimes life is like rowing.

In racing a boat, each rower sits on a sliding seat.  They roll forward on their seat to put the oars in the water, then push back with their legs to pull the oar through the water, finishing the stroke.  The rolling up portion, when the oar is out of the water, is called the recovery.  The pushing portion, when the oar is in the water and you’re moving the boat forward, is called the drive.  The drive is where you push with all your strength, and then you’re supposed to relax on the recovery.

{photo from www.carlosdinares.com}

I’ve felt like I’ve been struggling with this ratio.  I tend to want to give a moderate effort during the whole piece, instead of a hard effort during the drive and relaxing during the recovery.  I’m not sure why, but that doesn’t really matter.  What matters is that I do it correctly: hard on the drive, relax on recovery.

The same goes for life.  We have ratios.
There is an appropriate time to rest and recover (e.g. Sundays, bedtime, etc.) and there is an appropriate time to push at full pressure (e.g. work, exercise, school, service).  Give your all during the drive so that you can fully rest during the recovery.  Really rest during the recovery so that you can give your all during the drive.  We are not meant to row through life at a moderate, unchanging intensity. 

Thoughts from Ellie.  Take them as you wish. :) 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Through another's eyes

This video really touched me:


peace out