“My life is like my shoes-to be worn out in service.”
-Spencer W. Kimball (former prophet/president of TCOJCOLDS; deceased)
“Be not weary in well doing.”
-Galatians 6:9 (in the New Testament in the Bible)
“Men [and women!] should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will.”
-Doctrine & Covenants 57:28
Are your shoes worn out?
Are you weary in well doing?
Are you anxiously engaged?
I quite like traveling. Though it sounds cliche, it’s lovely to learn more about different cultures and ways of life, and it can be quite humbling to see how good we have it compared to some people in the world. But I also think that there’s something, dare I say, pretentious about this seeming obsession with traveling among Millenials. Like we’re somehow better or cooler if we explore the world. Like you have some virtue or goodness bestowed upon you if you are blessed with the means to travel. We’ve all seen tons of articles with headlines like “15 reasons to Travel while You’re Young,” or seen “explore 30 countries before you’re 30” on some Buzzfeed bucket-list.
Not meaning to insult anyone. I’ve been to Fiji and Central America and am gearing up for a South American adventure soon! But what ya’ll think? Do we over emphasize traveling? Have we made it a sport to compare how cool of experiences we’ve had in different parts of the world? And are some people perhaps just looking for a rockin’ photo op?
I’d love to know your thoughts. Won’t be offended if you think I’m (totally) wrong.
Are we obsessed with traveling?
(and is it perhaps a tad overrated and pretentious?)
I like excitement, but sometimes crave calm
Too many thoughts can cause me great qualms
A firestorm of ideas; don’t let them spread!
There’s only a finite amount of space in my head
And even if good, not every thought is a friend
When conflicting causes clash and contend
Please take the excess out of my mind
and cast it in two thousand swine
Never thought it, but creativity has a disadvantage
when the contents of my brain become difficult to manage
But I’m grateful for this gift; though it can be a challenge
I’ll keep treading that log, then adjust and rebalance
Want my work and my teaching to become harmonized
(Though I may never be fully organized)
So come what may, just try your best
And on day seven, get some rest!
Filed under pigs, Sabbath, swine
“To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven”
I usually hate it when people write posts like this. Oh, my gosh, I’m sorry I haven’t written in forever!” Just get on with it. But alas, that is where I find myself. I’m sorry to my subscribers, I’m sorry to me, and I’m sorry to my blog itself. But enough of that!
Where Have You Been?!
I consider it a blessing that I have so many wonderful things in my life that I sometimes have a hard time balancing them all. I have jobs that fulfill me, friends that I love, a good man in my life :), and other great things on the horizon. God is so good to me! But alas, I am only one person, and so inevitably something is going to slip from time to time (one of the first things is often the state of my room. Yikes!). But still, I resolve to write more, and not just about me. About things that are important, things that need to be said. About the gospel, the scriptures, the words of truth of the prophets, etc. About “the things of my soul,” as Nephi calls it.
I have an intense fear of letting this blog die. It has done so much for me. Personally, professionally, spiritually, etc. It was the jump-start I needed two years ago when my life was in shambles and I found myself in a deep, dark hole. While I will probably never be able to devote as much time and energy to is as I did back then, I promise to never let go of it completely. I love it. I love writing. I love being creative. I love connecting with other bloggers. So this blog is here to stay 🙂 (and I promise to do better!)
So onward! And thanks for reading.