Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Words of Wisdom

“Never stop striving for the best that is within you. Never stop hoping for all of the righteous desires of your heart. But don’t close your eyes to the simple and elegant beauties of each day’s ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life.”  -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Cache Valley (taken through a fence)   - Oct. 2011 

(As a photographer, I feel that I'm quite good at finding beauty in even the simple things.  
When I find/see something that is interesting, unusual, or beautiful, I try to stop and point out to my family.
And if my family isn't with me, I try to stop and take a picture so I can show them what I saw. )

“The happiest people I know are not those who find their ‘golden ticket’; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy.”  -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"On average, children laugh 400 times a day, while adults laugh about 15 times.  Why the gap? Did we lose something? Have we forgotten the way we used to be? Why is it that children seem to cope with life’s oddities better than adults? Perhaps it’s because they do not fully understand. But I think it’s simpler than that—they laugh. As we grow older, we get far too serious. Watch children play. They don’t need expensive toys to entertain them. Everything is fun. They are spontaneous. Only when we become adults do we start to get boring. Do we need to cultivate a different attitude? Humor is in the way we see things, the way we think. It’s an attitude, not an event. Perhaps the key lies in becoming more childlike."  ~ Gary K. Palmer

"When a woman has a kingdom heart, she has an active understanding of what matters most to the heart of God. She lives in the balance of passion and contentment. She learns to love well, give without regard to self, and forgive without hesitation. The woman with a kingdom heart may have a duffel bag full of possessions or enough treasures to fill a mansion, but she has learned to hold them with an open hand. Hold everything with open hands. I don't think we are ever allowed to grab hold of anything or anyone as though they matter more than the kingdom of heaven. When you hold relationships with open hands, then people come in and out of your life as gifts of grace to be cherished and enjoyed, not objects to be owned and manipulated. And then when you hold your dreams with open hands, you get to watch God resurrect what seemed dead and multiply what seemed small."- from the book "A Beautiful Offering"

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