- By Elder Thatcher

A Thematic Blog - -By Elder Thatcher
"By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Today is Better Than Yesterday - This Too Shall Pass

A great story was related on September 30, 1859 at an address given to theWisconsin State Agricultural Society in Milwaukee.  One may wonder what importance such an address could be.  The question is undoubtedly answered by the fact that the address was given by Abraham Lincoln. 
The story was not originated by Mr. Lincoln; it is the product of numerous Near Eastern folklore traditions.  Mr. Lincoln shared it in this way.

"It is said an Eastern Monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentance, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations.  They presented him with the words, "And this, too, shall pass away."  How much it expresses!  How chastening in the hour of pride!  How consoling in the depth of affliction!" 

This was brought to my mind just this morning because honestly, it was really hard to get bed this morning.  That just happens sometimes.  But it is wonderful to remember that it's temporary. 

In others' words:
"Embrace this day with an enthusiastic welcome, no matter how it looks...When you are physically sick, tired, or in despair, steer your thoughts away from yourself and direct them in gratitude and love, toward God.  In your life there have to be challenges.  They will either bring you closer to God and therefore make you stronger, or they can destroy you.  But you make the decision of which road to take.  Put all frustrations, hurt feelings, and grumblings into the perspective of your eternal hope.  Light will flow into your soul.  Be grateful for every opportunity to serve.  As you are learning this lesson right now, God wants to give you something better."    -F. Enzio Busche

It is important to remember that the things that are most important are things that last forever and are not evenescent.  However, I believe that in this life, which itself is temporary and will pass, the things that are momentary combine together to shape us in ways that are everlasting.  If we respond correctly to the positive and negative situations in our lives. 

"This is our one and only chance at mortal life...opportunities come and then leave....The most important lessons are those that teach us what is important and what is not."
-Thomas S. Monson

I'm going to include this movie not because of the New Year.  That's a little bit of old news.  Mostly because it's what I've been trying to say in others' words.  I ask that you watch it and apply the quotes I provided above.  Remember Lot's Wife.  Today is better than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better yet.

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