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Go Great by Starting Small (Alma and Van Gogh)

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“[B]y small and simple things are great things brought to pass.”
-Alma 37:6 (in the Book of Mormon)

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
-Vincent Van Gogh

How have YOU gotten great

by starting small?

 

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There’s a space between what’s said and what’s heard… (another poem)

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There’s a gap between the writer and the reader
The listener and the speaker
The giver and the receiver

There’s a space between the meaning and the words
What’s said and what’s heard
What’s alleged and occurred

Understood and what’s meant
received and what’s sent
The action vs. the intent

Communication can lead to frustration
It’s hard to feel good when you’re misunderstood
Hate that darn, gaping gap
‘tween what’s real and abstract

So what’s the solution?
What can be done?
Should we try or surrender?
Can this battle be won?
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It’s a tough transition; an imperfect, uncertain change
To try and speak the same language, be on the same page
But that’s why we’re here, right? That’s part of the test.
Sounds cheesy, I know, but just do your best!

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Lance Armstrong is a disgrace.

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He is a disgrace to America, to sports,

to the cancer community, and to humanity in general.

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Harsh? Yes.

Sad?    Definitely.

True?   Absolutely.

I appreciate people like Greg LeMond who aren’t afraid to acknowledge the (figurative!) elephant in the room and tell it like it is: Lance is a criminal, a liar, an adulterer, a bully, and a thug.

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He belongs behind bars.

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What do you suppose that mercy can rob justice? Nay, not one bit.

~Alma 42:25

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Gravity has taken better men than me.

Just keep me where the light is

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Read more here for some lessons about self-control that we all can (re)learn from the disappointing Armstrong scandal.

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Lena Dunham and her friends would do well to stop being such GIRLS (and be ladies instead!)

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       The HBO series “Girls” has done remarkably well in it’s short time of syndication.  Creator/producer/director/star Lena Dunham has gained critical acclaim for her series, which purports to depict a realistic look into the gritty lives of 4 young women living in a less than perfect urban New York setting.

        I personally am all about the truth and very much appreciate the idea of realism.  However, this show REALLY rubs me the wrong way.  No matter what anyone tells you, the show is filthy and is all about sex.  Watch the following video for me to expound upon these ideas.  And also let me tell you some about a girl who is as real as real can be (thanks Garth Brooks!), but is still very much a lady!  As is always the case, the video is safe for all eyes and ears!

friends, I really do usually try to keep it to 2 minutes,

but I just couldn’t help it!

*I meant to say you will gain more than you miss by NOT watching that show…

Recap Schmecap:

1)  I believe in free speech.

2)  I have watched a few episodes of “Girls” (but I swear on my favorite lip gloss that I will never watch another one).

3)  Sin is Sin

4)  Wickedness NEVER was Happiness (Alma 41:10)

5)  Don’t disregard a truth/ claim I make just cuz it’s churchy and you might not be into that kind of thing…

5)  I don’t hate anyone (except for Satan)

6)  I think that show has some good thematic substance, but the junk outweighs it BIG TIME.

7) Katherine doesn’t always look show-stoppin hot, but still keeps her clothes on…

8)  Engaging in the sorts of behaviors that show portrays will NOT solve your problems.  It will multiply them!

9)  I never intend to be preachy or unkind or judgmental, but I ain’t afraid to have a strong opinion (duh!)

10)  The devil twists truth for his own purposes (William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”)

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YOU CAN BE CONFUSED ABOUT LIFE

WITHOUT HAVING RANDOM HOOK-UPS!

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HBO?  I think I’ll stick with H2O….

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🙂

Pass this message/post along if ya wanna amigos.

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This should be incredibly obvious, but I’m just going to say it anyways:

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THE CONTROVERSY KNOWN AS MILEY CYRUS IS NOT OK!

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Miley Cyrus’s recent crazy antics, self-exploitation, and blatant and obscene exhibition of sexuality are not cute.  They are not funny.  They are not sexy.  They are not empowering.  They are not entertaining.  They are not artistic.  They are not healthy.

THEY.  ARE.  SAD.

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“Wickedness never was happiness.”

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And friends, we NEED (young) women who are classy.  We need women who respect themselves and others.  We need these women as role-models for our own children.

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One of my favorite musicians expresses this same sentiment:

   I’m looking for a four-course meal that isn’t based in base desire
I’m looking for a lady that knows the soul is more than an appetizer

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But back to the troublesome twerker:

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Ms. Cyrus, I only just recently wrote you a letter concerning your disappointing music video “Wrecking Ball. (I wrote your confused father, Billy Ray, a letter as well).”  I didn’t expect to be writing about you again so soon, but you’ve left me no choice.

Miley seriously, you must make a change.

I beg of you to stop before you self-destruct.  Truly.

Please.  Stop.

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Readers, as is always the case,

if you agree with what I’m saying,

please pass this along.

Thanks.

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Do not let your passions

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destroy 

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your dreams.

~Sir LANCElot (from “Camelot”)

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LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson often warns of this temptation

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See that ye bridle all your passions

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Alma 38:12

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READERS:

1) How do these simple and profound truths relate to you?

2)  How can you make sure that you stay in control of your passions so that you can reach your dreams?

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……….

 

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone.

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It’s not just those crazy stories about porn addict turns temple president  (We ain’t all Saul-to-Paul or Alma the Younger gets a rude awakening). It’s for people like me: Miss Mormon girl to the max, does everything right and keeps all the rules, and life falls apart at 25.  No matter who you are, no matter your situation, you can rise out of the ashes, find meaning, and be happy.  If you’re interested, you can chat with missionaries here.  Or just email/comment if you wanna talk.  Dead serious.

katherineannewilkinson@gmail.com

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