Have Optimism Patience and Enthusiasm
It turns out that I have been a lot more busy than I thought I ever would be. Two huge projects were due this weekend and I am now sitting here wondering what to do with my free time. Free time exists? 26 days until the semester ends.. not counting or anything.
College has been such a blessing but there are days where all I want to do is complain, especially when everyone else is too. I’ve realized that this isn’t the best way to go about things though. School exists to help us learn and to help us grow. When this semester is over I will have learned hundreds of new things. Literally hundreds. So, grateful is an understatement. But, when those days aren’t very good there’s always:
Hope brings richness to our everyday lives. It is defined as “the feeling that … events will turn out for the best.” When we exercise hope, we “look forward … with desire and reasonable confidence”
“One of the best scriptures about hope is Ether 12:4: “Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.” That’s the best verse I know of about hope.” -Joseph B. Worthlin
We can always hope for the best and hope for a good outcome but, we can also hope for an optimistic attitude towards everything that we do.
Being optimistic turns every single frustrating thing around into something great.
Last week I had a pretty bad day. Me saying it was a bad day is pretty pathetic because I know that there are so many people having worse days. But in my mind, this was just bad. So, I decided to take a little drive to the temple. (always a good choice)
I was sitting there for a couple of minutes and all of the sudden a guy knocked on my window. Apparently he had been there for a minute trying to get my attention but I didn’t notice. It scared me half to death but, I opened my door. He wanted a ride to his apartment and I had no idea who he was but I felt that I needed to give him a ride. He got in the passenger seat and proceeded to thank me and tell me that he was in Salt Lake for a meeting and on the way back to Rexburg he asked the shuttle driver to drop him off. He said that he was preparing for his mission and felt the need to talk about the gospel to the bus driver. This kid was so excited that he got to talk about the gospel. All this time he kept apologizing for having a thick accent because he was from Bolivia. (Just playing out the story more so that you can picture it because South Americans are just the best.) He proceeded to talk about his experience and then said, “You know what? I had such an amazing time in the temple. I know that the Atonement is real. I know that my Savior loves me and I have hope that this man will go to church one day and realize the same thing.” He said that his day was so rough but that no matter what, he knew that his Father in Heaven loved him. My eyes started to tear up. He asked me my name and what I was studying and he told me that I was exactly where I needed to be at the right time doing the right thing. I mean, what does he know, right? Apparently he knows just how to bring the feels into a conversation. But yes, I was crying as I dropped him off. I think it was just my allergies but, whatever…what a tender mercy. He said, “if you ever need me, I’m in apartment 8.” “Always have hope.” This guy was so humble and so centered in his faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. It inspired me.
Having an optimistic plan every day makes it easy to enjoy every moment. It makes it easier to recognize that everything happens for a reason.
Kinda cool how things happen, right? I sure did think so.
Have hope my friends. Hope will strengthen a testimony and will bring you eternal happiness.
Seriously.. Life is good, we can be hopeful and be so happy.
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