I love truths that come from words, So today I will share with you some of my favorite nuggets of knowledge.
"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
...I'm not really sure how I stumbled across this, but it just reminds me, no matter what, being kind to people is the most important thing. Make others feel loved, not matter how you feel. This comes to mind as I head out on a mission--the betterment of myself will develop while I serve, but that should be second priority to loving and focusing on the people I'm around.
"The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
A thought that goes along with this: It is not that which we do once with all our hearts and every single ounce of strength successfully, but that which we do every day--day in and day out, the small tasks. Whether we want to or not we must do those simple, small, monotonous tasks every day.
"Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will.
.... There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love."
-Martin Luther King Jr, Letter From Birmingham Jail
For my English class, the week of the Fourth of July, our assigned reading was Letter from Birmingham Jail. This struck me when I read it on so many different levels. I now look up to Martin Luther King Jr so much more after reading that--he was an effective, respectable leader. I am so grateful for freedom for all in our country.
Anyways, those are some words that ring true in my body and mind. There are so many more, but in conclusion I would like to say:
In the midst of confusion, hold fast to truth.