Monthly Archives: December 2014

Never Give Up, Kath! (a poem to myself)

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No matter how I try, my plans often go awry
No matter what I do, things usually go askew

Feels like I’ve failed, when my life gets derailed
I had zero doubts, and then it didn’t quite work out

Taking yet another unplanned detour, keeps me humble, that’s for sure
Please, someone remove this cup, ‘cuz I’m feeling tempted to give up

But NO WAY, GIRL! Keep your head up high,
Never let that faith of yours run dry

When you’re sad at the things that you seem to be lacking,
think instead of all the FUN you’re having!

🙂

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(I started with a phrase from “Of Mice and Men,” and I finished with a mouse! … Bookending Master)

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It’s frustrating that I can’t change everything bad in the world. But it’s okay.

Panhandlers' Placards Show Signs Of Continued Economic Hardship

“My life cannot implement in action the demands for all the people to whom my heart responds.”

                              -Anne Lindbergh

Lately, I’ve been feeling frustrated. I look at all the crap in the world, I think of all the people who are in physical, emotional, and spiritual pain, people suffering the anguish of poverty (read that article!), and I know I cannot change it. I cannot help everyone. I can’t take away their problems. I feel powerless and overwhelmed. I feel guilty for all the blessings I have that others don’t. I don’t even know where to begin to even try to alleviate any of it.

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“I see everything that’s going wrong… 

and I feel like I don’t have the means to rise above and beat it.”

      -John Mayer (who else?)

So, yeah, there’s some definite frustration going on here. Buuuuuuuuuuut….I’ve really given this topic a lot of thought (duh), and I’ve “searched, pondered, and prayed” about it. And here’s what I’ve come up with:

It’s okay that I can’t single-handedly solve poverty.

It’s okay that I can’t do it all.

It’s okay that there is some suffering that I can’t change.

It’s okay to be happy (women are that they might have joy, right?)

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If I am trying my best to be mindful of the needs of others (whether in my community, Church, or even with my family and friends) and am looking to stretch and give of myself, opportunities will arise to serve. I can use my resources, knowledge, network skills, and means to help people as I’ve done in the past. And as for all the people who aren’t quite in my sphere of influence, I can trust that other people are working hard in order to help meet their needs. The Lord has promised that “if ye desire, ye shall be the means of doing much good in this generation” (Doctrine & Covenants 6:8). That is what I desire, and He’ll follow through if I will. 🙂

If I care for my family, do my Visiting Teaching, give some of my times and resources (as is appropriate) to reputable causes, and just overall do the best I can, then perhaps the Lord can say of me as he did of the poor woman who anointed Him with oil :

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“She hath done what she could.”

– Mark 14:8 

Perhaps all I can add is a few grains of sand. But as long as I’m sacrificing and taking the opportunities to help, that’s enough. And in conclusion of this post, lemme you leave with a short little saying (I made it up myself!):

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Don’t underestimate the Power of One

But don’t feel like you alone have to get it all done

🙂

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Playing on a Word: Joy

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“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”
-Mark Twain

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.”
-Joy to the World (duh)

“Men [and women!] are that they might have joy.”
-2nd Nephi 2:25 (in the Book of Mormon)

“Sometimes we become so focused on the finish line that we forget to find joy in the journey.”
-Dieter F. Ucthdorf
….

Joy

How do you find joy?

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Heroes are Simple and Understated

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“The hero is often the simplest and obscurest of men.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“And Nathanael said unto him, ‘Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?’ Philip saith unto him, ‘Come and see.'”
-John 1:16

“A hero is someone who has given his life to something bigger than himself.”
-Joseph Campbell (American author)

“[H]e that is least among you all, the same shall be great.”
Luke 9:48
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So Sick of this Selfie Obsession…

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“But first, let me take a selfie.”

I love pretty pictures just as much as the next person, but at some point, constant photo snapping and posting (especially of selfies) becomes obsessive, exhibitionist, and above all, narcissistic. At times, it can also be grossly inappropriate, offensive, and disrespectful.

Let’s consult some wise-minds on the topic, shall we?

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“Past generations had their struggle with variations of egotism and narcissism, but I think today we are giving them serious competition. Is it any coincidence that the Oxford Dictionary recently proclaimed “selfie” as the word of the year?”
 -Dieter Uchtdorf (read here!)

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“She thinks I can’t see the smile that she’s faking 

when she poses for pictures….”

-John Mayer

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“You can take pictures of your face all day long, but nobody cares. Nobody wants to see it. I know you want them to want to. You want everyone to care because you’re you, and that’s your face, and the very you-ness of you ought to be of great concern to everyone in the universe — but it’s not. It isn’t. You have people in your life who care about you, who know you, who love you and want you to be happy, but they especially don’t care about your selfies….If we pulled the cameras away from our faces, we’d be able to find meaning in things.”

Matt Walsh (that one was harsh, huh?)

When is enough enough?

What do ya’ll think?

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PS: I don’t hate all selfies, and I’ve taken and posted some myself.

Let me call myself out before you do.

🙂

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The Power of Questions

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“Keep asking questions. It’s helping me.”
– Clayton Christensen (Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University)

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
-Albert Einstein

“Asking questions isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a precursor of growth; Inquiry is the birthplace of testimony,
-Dieter Uchtdorf (of the First Presidency of TCOJCOLDS)

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers,”
-Voltaire

What questions have YOU asked?
What have you learned through your inquiries?

I love questions…

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The course between education and career never ran smooth.

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Allow me to put a twist on a famous line from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to describe the tough transition that many millennials face:

“The course between education and career never ran smooth.”

Think about that.

It’s not an easy switch between the two. College students often have a difficult and frustrating experience with this (sometimes) harsh reality after graduation.  And speaking of experience, that’s what it’s all about! Yes, grades are important, but in order to score that killer job and begin to carve out a fulfilling successful career for yourself, it’s all about experience. And networking. And research. And the tireless pursuit of learning and bettering yourself.

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The course between education and career

never ran smooth.

In the words of John Mayer, “I’m not together, but I’m getting there”

🙂

PS: This was the original quote in case you didn’t know:

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Playing on a Word: Parent

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“All of our parents, they’re getting older. I wonder if they wished for anything better.”
-John Mayer (that line gives me chills)

“I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents…therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father…”
-1st Nephi 1:1 (the first verse in the Book of Mormon)

“A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life…who with their death bury their parents’ strife.”
-Excerpt from the prologue in Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”

“Single parents, I testify that as you do your very best in the most difficult of human challenges, heaven will smile upon you.”
-David Baxter (this General Conference address on single parents is incredible!)

 Parent(s)

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“Slow down, Katherine!” (a poem)

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My busy brain is tired
Too many irons in the fire
Think it’s time to slow the pace
Don’t always have to win the race

Feels like I’ll bend until I break
Can’t run faster than I have strength
There’s a big, wide world I want to win
But I might be burning out again

Human limitations
can cause me great frustration
I’d work for one hundred years,
but the physical interferes

But Jesus rested on the seventh day,
so if I slow it down, I think I’ll be okay. 🙂

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“If life and its rushed pace and many stresses have made it difficult for you to feel like rejoicing, then perhaps now is a good time to refocus on what matters most.”

    -Dieter Uchtdorf

Slow down, girl!

 

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Don’t. Waste. Time.

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“Woe unto him…that wasteth the days of his probation.”
-2nd Nephi 9:27 (in the Book of Mormon)

“Life is not meant to be wasted, so always keep chasing the sun.”
-Sara Bareilles

“I wasted time, and now time doth waste me.”
-King Richard II in Shakespeare’s “King Richard II”

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
-Ben Franklin

Time’s a wastin’
Get to it!

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“A young man or woman may waste countless hours, postpone or forfeit vocational or academic achievement, and ultimately sacrifice cherished human relationships because of mind- and spirit-numbing video and online games. As the Lord declared, “Wherefore, I give unto them a commandment … : Thou shalt not idle away thy time, neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known” (D&C 60:13).”

   –David A. Bednar

Don’t. Waste. Time.

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Loyalty (mini poem)

“People have the right to fly,

and will when things get compromised.”

When you have wings, it’s so easy to betray,

but I have wings, and I choose to stay.

LOYALTY

 

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Katherine’s Philosophy of Composition (Another Poem)

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Edgar Allan Poe wrote an essay called “The Philosophy of Composition.” I wrote a poem detailing my own PoC:

Draw from your influences, but never imitate
Instead, let your inspirations help you create
You don’t have to be earth-shatteringly original
But take it a step beyond what’s traditional

Art for art’s sake is boring and pretentious,
but pure propaganda is pushy and horrendous
No matter what you choose as your expressive medium
Take deliberate advantage of your rhythm and freedom

Make it about more than just you
But like Polonius says, “To thine own self be true.
And above all else, use your own style
YOU are the artist, make something worthwhile 🙂

What is YOUR Philosophy of Composition?

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There’s a world to discover beyond ISP (a poem)

The World Beyond ISP

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My mind is sharp, but my body is stiff                                    1
Wanna throw my smart phone off a cliff
It’s only part of the story, the truth becomes skewed
When the world is seen through a Facebook-filtered view

The scales are falling, and I’m starting to see                         5
how technology has been drowning me
I wanna strum the strings of my guitar
and see things as they really are

The “tumult of opinions” overwhelms my mind                     9
so I think it’s time to unplug and unwind
I can wake up early, leave my gadgets behind
and see the sunrise with my own two eyes

There’s a world to discover beyond ISP,                       13
but there’s also a non-tech version of me
Because what I believe and all that I am
Can’t begin to be captured through Instagram

References 

I must say, I am quite proud of the references I used in this poem :). Here they are:

a. “The scales are falling” (line 5)- a reference to Saul in the New Testament (in Acts 9:18). After he had persecuted Christ, he was blind for three days. Then, scales fell from his eyes, symbolizing that he had new vision, thus becoming the disciple Paul.

b. “starting to see” (line 5)- lyric from John Mayer’s “Daughters

c. “things as they really are” (line 8)- a line taken from Jacob 4:13 in the Book of Mormon and the title of a very famous address by David Bednar that discussed the dangers of living life in a virtual reality of internet anonymity.

d. “tumult of opinions” (line 9)- a phrase used by Joseph Smith Jr. describing the confusion he felt amidst the wide variety of different philosophies and ideas about God & religion. This text is used to express that the opinions and controversies found via the internet world are likewise confusing

e. “see the sunrise with my own eyes” (line 12)- a lyric from John Mayer’s song 3×5, which explores the theme of how living a real life is superior than any virtual/ photographic replication (a very early artistic exploration of this idea even before the explosion of the digital age).

 

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Why I’ve Been Away…

Hello friends!

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I’ve gone a good week without a new post. That’s way too long! I’ve been busy, busy, busy as can be (like visiting the beautiful state of Idaho!). And yes, I have toooons to write about. Just wanted to briefly check in and say I’m still here, I’m still alive, and I’ll be coming back to you real soon!

Forgive me, love…

I’ll always come right…

back to you

🙂

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