Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Letter to Myself

Dear Self,
     You are ridiculous at times – just thought you’d like to know. Sometimes you frustrate me. You make decisions, and then you freak out. In this particular instance, you made a decision and it took you four months to reach that point, which is improvement, but please. It took one moment of doubt to make you want to change your mind. Luckily, you are not a quitter (and if you doubt that, say it again). You have made big decisions before and you will continue to do so. In all cases, things turn out just how they are supposed to.
     Yesterday you remembered a great talk entitled “Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence” by Jeffrey R. Holland. One quote in particular stands out and you must remember this: “Beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don’t give up when the pressure mounts. Certainly don’t give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. Face your doubts. Master your fears. “Cast not away therefore your confidence.” Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.”  Certainly, the decisions you make will not always be simple or easy; sometimes they’re downright scary and very complicated. You like to play the “what if” game, imagining every possible scenario (usually worst case scenario), forgetting that you are not in this alone. Self, remember - you did pray about it, you do trust and you do live for it…so go forward and see the beauty of life unfold.
     The next phase of your journey soon begins. Though there are certainly things that can cause you anxiety, everything will be fine. Life is like a roller coaster – hang on for the ride. Just like a roller coaster, this ride will be full of twists and turns and will fly by so quickly and before you know it, the ride will be over. Don’t take a moment for granted. Live in the present, savor each moment, and whatever you do, “cast not away therefore your confidence.”
Sincerely, and with great hope for the future,

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