Thursday, April 27, 2017

Starve your distractions


There are many things in life that are good, but the problem is that they distract us from what is even better and ultimately best. We all have the same 24 hours in the day. Let's focus those 24 hours on only the best of desires, thoughts, and actions, that will help us to step into our higher better version of ourselves.

Starve your distractions, feed your focus.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A good name is greater than riches


Our integrity and good name is more valuable than riches. Let us never be found in public or private doing anything that would tarnish our good name. Let our name be our legacy, not our wallet or worldly possessions, for we can not take them with us to the next life, but we will have our name for eternity.

"A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold."
Proverbs 22:1

Freedom to choose what we ought


We all have free agency or the freedom to choose for ourselves. What we do with that free agency makes all the difference in the world and defines our character. Decide today not to compromise your values or your success by doing those things that we like rather than what we ought. 

Freedom consists not in doing what we think, but in having the right to do what we ought. Pope John Paul II




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Confidence


Some days we might not feel like a lion, but we should still put those feelings behind us and act the part. When we generate confidence in our lives we will be surprised and pleased with the outcome.

Image by Ben Torode: https://flic.kr/p/SQZFvf

Never be a prisoner of your past



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Law for the Wolves


"NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky,

And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.


As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back;

For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.


Wash daily from nose tip to tail tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;

And remember the night is for hunting and forget not the day is for sleep.

 

The jackal may follow the tiger, but, cub, when thy whiskers are grown,

Remember the wolf is a hunter—go forth and get food of thy own.


Keep peace with the lords of the jungle, the tiger, the panther, the bear;

And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the boar in his lair.

 

When pack meets with pack in the jungle, and neither will go from the trail,

Lie down till the leaders have spoken; it may be fair words shall prevail.

 

When ye fight with a wolf of the pack ye must fight him alone and afar,

Lest others take part in the quarrel and the pack is diminished by war.


 

The lair of the wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,

Not even the head wolf may enter, not even the council may come.

 

The lair of the wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,

The council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.

 

If ye kill before midnight be silent and wake not the woods with your bay,

Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop and thy brothers go empty away.

 

Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need and ye can;

But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill man.

 

If ye plunder his kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride,

Pack-right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.

 

The kill of the pack is the meat of the pack. Ye must eat where it lies;

And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.

 

The kill of the wolf is the meat of the wolf. He may do what he will,

But, till he has given permission, the pack may not eat of that kill.

 

Lair right is the right of the mother. From all of her years she may claim

One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.

 

Cub right is the right of the yearling. From all of his pack he may claim

Full gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.

 

Cave right is the right of the father, to hunt by himself for his own;

He is freed from all calls to the pack. He is judged by the council alone.

 

Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,

In all that the law leaveth open the word of the head wolf is law.

 

Now these are the laws of the jungle, and many and mighty are they;

But the head and the hoof of the law and the haunch and the hump is—Obey!"


—Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Two people can share one umbrella


What a good reminder to be a little more selfless and kind in our relationships. Together we are strong and can battle any storm. Let's love more, argue less, and ultimately make our loved ones burdens lighter and more fulfilled. 

No relationship is all sunshine, but two people can share one umbrella and survive the storm together.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

What you focus on grows


It's no small secret that what we focus on grows but sometimes it's important for us to have that reminder. We get so caught up in the busyness of life, that it gets easy to loose sight of what is really important in our lives.  If we want more joy, confidence, and engagement in our lives, let's focus on it and allow that to grow in our lives. 

Background Image by: Christian Mu https://flic.kr/p/UK3ujP

Friday, April 7, 2017

Diamond - chunk of coal that did well under pressure


A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure. Henry Kissinger

The below is taken from a talk I gave a while back.

The Lord's Jewels
Let me introduce a concept real quick.

3 Nephi 24:17 reads: And they [speaking of the righteous] shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

I love how the Lord says he will make his jewels out of the righteous. One of the most precious types of jewels are diamonds. What is interesting about diamonds, is how they are formed. It is not an easy process and doesn't happen overnight.

I found this really good explaination: Diamonds are crystals of pure carbon that form under crushing pressures and intense heat. (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/earth/rock-minerals/diamonds/diamond-formation/)

Look at those three very discriptive and important pieces of the equation:
   1. Crystals of "pure" carbon.
   2. Crushing pressures
   3. Intense heat

To be counted among the Saviors jewels, we will be required to be formed in the same way, and it will not be easy. We will need to be purged of all wickedness and become pure in heart and be tried and sanctified through crushing pressures and intense heat. 

We are all familiar with the story of the rich young man in the New Testament who came to Jesus to find out how he could obtain salvation. 

Matthew 19:20-22 sums up the story.

20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 

21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

We are left to wonder what could have been if he had just submitted himself over to the process of becoming a jewel. But sadly, not everyone will be willing to go through the process of becoming a jewel to the Lord. 



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Love is deaf - Show it


Don't let a day go by that you don't show those you love that you love them. Sometimes we think that our relationships will just grow by themselves, and then get frustrated when they fall short of our expectations. Just like business, sports, music, etc... we must take intentional action in our relationships if we want to enhance or improve them. Decide today to take intentional action and SHOW your love today!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

My Savior - He can move mountains


Life can be hard and there are many mountains in our lives. Let's us remember that we don't have to bare the burden alone. Our Savior has the power to move the mountains in our lives, once we have learned all we are supposed to learn from hiking around and over them. Let's do our part and then trust in God for the rest. 

Image by: Carsten Frenzl http://www.carstenfrenzl.de/