Sunday, September 14, 2008

Your reflection

When you look at your reflection, what do you see?
Someone you love.
Someone you don't.
Someone you admire.
Someone in need of a hair cut.
Or eye brow waxing?

For me, it rotates.
(But for the record, I need a haircut and an eye brow plucking ;) .)

Some days I am happy with who I am. Some days not so much.
It is interesting how you'll be going along and right in front of you appears something.
So big you are surprised you didn't see it coming.
How weren't you aware that it was part of you?
And somethings you know it's there, but you are afraid of it.
Or afraid of the work involved in changing it.

"Our task is to become our best selves. One of God's greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final." - Thomas S. Monson

The thing that stands out the most to me in that is his use of the word joy.
Do you find joy in finding those failures in yourself?
I don't think I'd use the word joy, personally.
But maybe I should be.

Instead of worrying about why I did that, or how I let something happen, or if the person I upset is still thinking about it, etc...
instead what if today I said, with no overarching all consuming guilt, "well I can fix that. Nothing but straight up from here."

" And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." - Ether 12:27

"And he said unto me, My grace
is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

It is encouraging to know that we can improve. It's hard. But it's part of the plan.
In fact, it's the whole point.
To get better, each day.
I am grateful. That I get the chance to improve.
To make myself the best I can be.

Today I am committing to taking one thing that I know I need to change about myself.
And making a plan to change it.
Not just hating that part of me, but making a solid decision to change it about myself.
And talking it through with my best friend and with Heavenly Father.
Because this change thing is hard.

What about you?
Can you find one thing that you've been putting off changing, and start.
Make a plan, talk to someone about it.
And start becoming better.


Emily Murdock said...

Hi, my name's Emily and I'm a time waster.
Today I am inspired to waste less time.
Thanks, Rhonda ;)

Carmen said...

Okay, where do I even begin?? That is the part that scares me the most. And I totally love Ether 12:27 - that was the first scripture Marc gave to me - I wasn't even a memeber of the church yet. But he shared that scripture with me and it made all the difference in my life. Thanks for the reminder that we are here to do better. That we can make mistakes and learn, and move on.

M&J Smith Family said...

Hi Rhonda. I love your post. I was thinking the same things this past weekend and even spoke with Mike about it! I've already started my plan and hope to improve. It is nice to know others out there are thinking the same things - and wanting to improve. Love ya lots. P.S. your profile still says "2 kids"!!

Jess said...

thanks for the inspiring thoughts. I love that fact of the gospel that we can always apply the Atonement in our lives and become something we could never be ourselves.

The Blakeney's said...

you know, i have been thinking about myself a lot lately. what i don't like...i think it happens after the baby is out and you really start seeing yourself in a different light.
i am trying to be better at accepting my current flaws,and working with them to improve. not hating them and avoiding it.
your post was a big modivator for me, very helpful with my journey forward :)

Drennans said...
This comment has been removed by the author.