Monday, October 3, 2011

And now for something good

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Unintentionally, there has been a lot of blah on the blog lately.  Sometimes that's just what life gives you, and I try to let my writing be a reflection of what's going on.  While mentioning the low points of the weekend I left out the good, knowing that I wanted to come back and focus on the good things that happened over the weekend.

This weekend was one of my favorites of the whole year.  It was general conference for our church, one of two opportunities a year to hear counsel from church leaders.  It was just as wonderful as usual.  Saturday afternoon session found all the kids asleep and the husband and I looking at each other with disbelief as we actually had about an hour of uninterrupted listening.  There was much chaos during the rest of the conference watching, particularly on Sunday, so the chance to really focus was a welcome break from the norm.  The chance to snack on chocolate chip cookies from my mother-in-law didn't hurt matters.

Here's my favorite thing.  Conference is full of talks meant to instruct, uplift, and inspire.  As it ends every year I'm left wanting to be better, and you all know how excited that makes me.  But the really amazing part to me is that all of this counsel comes with love and understanding.  There is no, "you'd better improve or else...", but instead the tone is more "you're doing a great job, and keep doing your best."  All post-conference motivation to change comes from each individual as they internalize the messages and decide for themselves with the guidance of the Holy Ghost what is most needful to work on.  I love it!  And I wish I could be more that way with my own kids, somehow communicating my love and support for them and motivating them to make changes on their own.  (I can dream try, right?)

A few parting links of my favorite weekend messages:
-this talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf was amazing and full of things to ponder regarding the worth of a soul
-this talk by Ian S. Ardern on time management was both entertaining and 100% accurate- loved it
-this talk by Elaine S. Dalton on how father's can raise daughters was incredibly sweet

While I'm sharing inspiring links, The I Am Project has launched a shop with their prints, many of which I share here.  Thought you might like to know.

1 comment:

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

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