Today you get to be a part of my Sunday therapy. :)
This whole moving / trying-to-find-a-house has been wearing. There's anxiety over the prospect of starting some place new, and wondering if we'll even find a house, and basically just hanging in limbo. There is frustration over the housing market being the way that it is . . . both on the buying and the selling end. And there's that tinge of loneliness (although Facetime helps) that creeps in from time to time.
I've realized recently that way too many of my thoughts are consumed with "me". Too many of my conversations revolve around my issues. And I don't like that! I've often heard it said that the best way to get through your struggles is to forget yourself and serve others . . . to turn your focus outward.
Last Sunday Conner was assigned to give a talk in Primary. I gave him several suggestions for topics (pulled from his Faith in God booklet - a list of goals for 8-11 year old boys & girls) and told him to choose one and write a talk about it. Saturday afternoon I picked up his notes to see how he was coming along. It brought me to tears to read what he had come up with all on his own. (Partly because of the subject matter and partly the fact that my boy is growing & is able to express and share mature thoughts and feelings. He can write about more than Bionic Booger Boy!)
Conner's talk was the trigger to help me begin thinking about changing.
Also this blog post
And this idea I found via pinterest -- 35 RAKs on her 35th birthday
As well as this one -- 38 RAKs on her 38th birthday
Now, is it simply coincidence that I found and was drawn to each of these posts in just the last week? I think not. I didn't go searching any of them out (I didn't google "RAK" or "service"), they just happened to spill out in my daily internet usage. I'm trying to pay attention more and act when I see patterns emerge.
I'm especially intrigued by and ready to participate with the Happy Day project
It begins tomorrow, and they are suggesting a daily RAK (with various ideas on how to fulfill it) and offering a cute printable to make it easy. And cute.
I think this will be great!
The quote below reminds me that we are the Lord's hands upon the earth and that he uses us to answer other's prayers.
"We are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness . . . . We are the Lord's hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us." Thomas S. Monson
Let's see how much happy we can create this week.