Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blood Clots and Contemplations

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Sometimes you donate blood and things go differently than expected... and you wake up the next day with this. Don't worry, just a minor blood clot that will go away in a few weeks. So in my hour of waiting at the urgent care today, I was reflecting on several conversations I've had in the last 24 hours about life and all of its uncertainties.  The conversations were similar, though one consisted of a friend expressing to me fears and doubts, while the other consisted of me expressing my own unknowns.

 During that wait for the doctor, I thought about how I wish I had the answers-to my friend's questions... and to my own. While thinking about all of the things I don't know, I came to the conclusion that maybe it would best to think of the things that I do know. 

I don't know a lot, but the things that I do know have come to me through experience and revelation. So here are some things I know that have helped me today:
  • I know that whatever situations I find myself in 1. I will always have a choice. Whether in behavior or attitude, the choice is there. 2. It will work together for my eternal benefit. That doesn't mean it will be easy, but it will be something that will improve my life in some way.  
  • I am loved by many friends and family members. Most importantly, I am loved by a Heavenly Father who sees my weaknesses perfectly and loves me because I am His daughter.
  • Weakness is not sin. Weakness is being human
  • The day is always better when you take time to be grateful
  • Though it may be hard for me to see in the moment, I am learning, growing, and improving
  • I don't have to do it all today. I just have to try a little harder to be a little better, one day at a time
  • A few kind words never hurt anyone
  • The best way to love someone is to try to understand their story
  • Sometimes prayer is all you have, but in the end its really all you need

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