Now if you don’t live in Baltimore…I’ve just wasted some time and space.]]>
We probably see things in a way that reflects our outlook. Others may see in urban blight an opportunity for renaissance. But I struggle to find reasons for that kind of hope.
What does brighten my outlook is seeing families with young children out and about. And I like to see things being built. This is part of why I enjoy my visits to Utah Valley so much.]]>
For me, there is joy every day in my family and the beauty of this world. It’s easy to get discouraged if you dwell on the negative, but I feel optimistic when I think about my children, my health, my family and my friends. There’s so much to be thankful for that it seems wrong to ever get too down about the things that go wrong.]]>
I also have a CTR bracelet one of the Valiant girls I teach gave me last year. I’ve worn it ever since. Mostly I like it because it reminds of the girls and how awesome they are.]]>
I don’t ride the train to Manhattan without getting a prime view of the Brooklyn Bridge. If the Roeblings and a handful of gritty New Yorkers can throw up that thing – by 1883 – we can all achieve greatness. At least, that what it means to me.]]>
But my favorite on a more personal level is the liahona. In the spectrum of iron rod VS liahona, I operate WAY more towards the liahona end of things–relying more on personal revelation than memorizing scriptures and teachings of prophets. This is actually a very difficult thing to do because the certainty that you’re right is almost never there, and you spend a good portion of your time feeling very lost and making mistakes. And you still have to be very knowledgeable in scriptures and teachings in order to be any good at it, but it adapts well to people and situations in ways that don’t require me to think about them because I have the benefit of relying on instinct and listening to the guidance of the Spirit, which I rely upon heavily for the simplest of things.]]>