Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Perspective

I love that the Lord blessed me with one talent: the ability to learn from other peoples experiences.

Awhile ago, a friend of mine told me a very touching story about perspective.  She said she was feeling stressed and upset with life, etc.  We've all been there right?  The kids were wild, out of control, and as my cousin Abbie would say, "malfunctioning robots".  And even though she didn't give me specifics, I knew exactly how she felt.

Well, on one of these kids-gone-crazy days, those days where you've just about had it! a little cousin came running up the stairs to tell her her son was asleep and wouldn't wake up.

What she said next still gets me teary.  "It all just came into perspective.  All the things I was upset about just didn't matter anymore."  For those few minutes when her son wasn't responding, the good kind of tunnel vision set in.  The vision where you can only see those few things that really matter.  Those things that teach you to not say, "What else could possibly go wrong?" (Hiccoughs, that's what!)

She told me this a few days before I felt the exact same way.  I've felt that way for awhile now, but I get great comfort remembering her few words: "It all just came into perspective." 

I remind myself that even though I've been going through yucky stuff that I really would rather NOT experience, that it could be SO MUCH WORSE.  That I'm not like Job.  That my husband is healthy and has a wonderful job that makes him happy.  That for some reason he loves me, a lot.  That my children make me laugh more than they make me cry.  That they're healthy, happy, smart and very energetic. 

I remember that I know and, to a point, understand the Plan of Salvation.  That of all the things I have to think about and worry about, I don't have to worry about my eternal salvation.  My Savior has done it for me already.  That all I have to do now is the best I can do.

And suddenly I feel like I can take on any mental/physical/emotional ride you can throw at me.  I have the perspective I should have.  For now.

Happy December 9!

Kelly Out

4 comments:

Jenny said...

Thank you for that post kelly. It made me cry, Especially at this time of year, when it is so crazy around I think we need to remember what is the most important things. Thanks again :)

Cheyenne and Seth and Co. said...

I absolutely love you. You know that right?

Nini said...

SO.. You were inspired to write that just for ME!! I really needed to hear that, because some days I lay in bed thinking, "I'm tired of always being the bad guy.. my kids are going to grow up hating me.. I am such a tired lazy person...ect" anyway.. not to go on my soap box.. but you are right... It's all about perspectives. We are given trials and heartache for a reason...(to make us stronger) and I stand by that being a Mother is the hardest most draining job! How my mom had 8 kids I will never know! Thanks Kelly!!! I Love YOU!!!

Kelly said...

Oh Nini, all us mothers are the enemy! Haha! I know how you feel (especially about the lazy part!) But there are those good days, and from what I hear, it all pays off in the end...cross your fingers!

Shine, it's all you. I hope you know that! Luv you too!!

Thanks Jenny for commenting. I really hope Shine's words are with you when you're feeling overwhelmed like they have been for me!

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