Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Thinking Positive

by Faith St. Clair
I am so grateful for the gospel – the commandment to attend church meetings. I don’t know how people fill their cups when they are “religious” but don’t go to church.

There are times when I mope around, not having enough faith to wipe away my worries and life seems all too overwhelming and dim. It is in those times that I am grateful to have a testimony strong enough to push myself through the chapel doors, put a quasi smile on my face and go to my church meetings.

It has been a confusing time for me lately – perhaps a midlife crisis, but none-the-less, a time of many choices and decisions I’d rather not make. I feel pushed and pulled in too many directions. I wish I could be more like Anna Arnett and just have those major decisions made for me without thought! But alas, my life doesn’t seem to flow that naturally – I must be too synthetic I guess.

Even when I’m not in church, God gives me people and opportunities in my everyday life to teach and remind me of who I am and what I am supposed to be doing. Heaven must know that I can’t remember anything longer than a minute!

I had lunch with a gentleman today and we talked about one of my favorite books, James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh”. It reminded me that I am the master of my destiny, character, position and happiness. Allen says, “As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself the transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.”

So today, I think I’ll be young, smart, happy and positive!

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  2. Faith, I see you don't let struggles with life put you down for long. You know where your 'faith' lies. You'll do fine, for you know how to bounce back. Your quote helps. I liked it.

    Did I actually say my major decisions came without thought? Sorry. I like to use understatement--which means I'll probably never become a great writer, because when I do recognize trials I try to play them down, and will want to protect my characters even though I know it's the struggles and problems that make a good story.

    I do remember many decisions came fairly easily. My husband taught me to ask what difference will it make a hundred years from now? Some decisions matter, most are only temporary, anyway. So, after we talk over all obvious possibilities, pray, and sleep on it, the answer seems to come naturally.

    Terminology helps, too. I like to think of unwanted times as challenges, rather than trials, and then they seem much easier to meet, maybe because there's less emotional tug.

    See what you get for mentioning me by name? You get my thanks, and my verbosity.

    If I'd sleep on this instead of posting first, I would undoubtedly write much differently. Goodnight. Thanks for the opportunity to poke a little fun at myself.

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  3. Positively great. Hope everything works itself out ... ur, I mean, you, with your thoughts, work things out.

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  4. Mastering the power of positive thinking is a real challenge for me, but I'm working hard at doing better. Thanks, Faith, for your encouraging, uplifting post!

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