Friday, January 23, 2009

What a difference a day makes. . . or you will usually find what you are looking for

I couldn’t decide on a title for this post, so I used both, because both fit my day today. Although yesterday was a bit of a down day, today has been great, and promises to even get better. So what made the difference?

Well, first off when I woke up, I didn’t have a headache. My sinuses didn’t hurt and I wasn’t all congested. That helped A LOT.

Second, I loved seminary. Today we played a game where I gave them a scripture clue and they had to write the answer on a white board. They worked in pairs and when they had the answer, they held their boards up for me to see. After a few rounds, my daughter and her partner held up their board and it said, “We love you!” I replied, “I love that answer! You can have an extra point!” Next a boy held up his board that said, “Seminary is awesome!” Of course I gave and extra point for that as well. Soon all the students were writing me little love notes that they would hold up with their answers. One said, “I am cool, but my teacher is cooler!” another, “We love our teacher!” One young man, who refused to participate, felt inclined to inform me, “They are just sucking up.” I answered, “I know! And I’m okay with that!”

I loved it, actually. I know they were only trying to get extra points, but it was still fun. I told them this was my favorite game we have played so far because it was such a self-esteem boost for me. And it also reminded me that small expressions of love and appreciation (even if they might not be 100% sincere) are very powerful things that lift our spirits and brighten our days. Not only did I get a good laugh from it, but my students enjoyed it as well.

Later I went visiting teaching with my new partner Michelle. Michelle and I worked in young women’s together 24 years ago in another ward and stake. Over the course of time we ended up in a stake together again, and now, with her recent move, we are once again in the same ward. And even better, we are visiting teaching companions. I love Michelle and I love the three women we visit. I very much enjoyed being with them and being able to serve them. And so lesson number two for me today was a reminder of what great joy comes into our lives through service to others.

But today was especially sweet for me. I had a certain sister on my mind and had been thinking I needed to invite her to attend the temple with me. Her husband is not active in the church so he is not available to go with her. Michelle was recently called as a special temple patron and has been asked to attend each week. I wanted to go with Michelle, and we invited this dear sister to go with us. After asking her if she would like to come, she said, “Yes! I have been praying the Lord would send me someone I could attend the temple with.” So, lesson number three . . . if we listen, the spirit will guide us.

I returned home just in time to welcome my own visiting teachers into my house. But before joining them I made a quick trip to the bathroom. I returned, listened to their lesson and walked them to the door to say goodbye. As they were leaving, I reached behind me and noticed things just were not right. My skirt was tucked up into my underwear! Yes, I was slightly mortified. But lesson number four . . . don’t take yourself too seriously. I was embarrassed, but I also got a good laugh out of it.

I have been thinking about why today has brought me such joy when yesterday I was in such doldrums. I think it certainly has to do with a lot of good things happening today. But I also think it is in part what I have chosen to focus on. Yesterday I was determined to be miserable, and although many good things happened, I held strong to my misery. I was not to be deterred. I had earned a pity day and I was taking it. But today I have focused on the good, and in so doing I have been surrounded by it. And so lesson number five . . . whatever it is we are looking for, we will probably find. If you are looking for bad in a person, situation, event etc., you will most certainly find it, but if you focus on the good, you will find that as well, and good will always bring . . . joy to your journey.


gwwpkc said...

Very well said.

Becky said...

Your blog is fantastic!

(Can I have a bonus point too?)


Glad to hear your day is going so well!

Dave and Camille said...

Hey, Dad commented on your blog - how cool are you? Thanks for your post... it's always nice to feel uplifted. I'm thankful to have a mother as smart and wise as you! :) Glad to hear you're having a better day.

Heidi Ashworth said...

It's amazing the power attitude has (unless your mood is hormonal and then there pretty much is nothing that helps!)

Momza said...

Oh! This post had my crying and laughing~ thank you so much for sharing. I love that you were an answer to that sister's prayer. Just gladdened my heart strings.
And then the toilet paper is just too funny!
I wish I was in your ward.
Glad to hear you're feeling like yourself again!

Lisa said...

Well said...thanks for sharing. I wish you were my kids seminary teacher.

Aunty Em said...

with a day like that, how could you not be happy?!

Debi (Dubs2007) said...

thankyou, what a nice post! it is nice coming and catching up on what "friends" have been doing while I have been busy, today was so interesting for me, and your post rang a true note to me. I got next to no sleep last night, woke up not feeling the spirit, but before taking my daughters to school I went in my bedroom and prayed, I prayed soo hard to please be able to have the spirit today. Then took my daughters to school. And even though i have felt like I am falling alseep on my feet, I have been good. I haven't yelled, I have comunicated clearly, and I expressed my love to my girls... What would normally mean it would be a very bad day, didn't happen!