It's not that anything is really wrong--in fact, most things are really quite right. I have a beautiful daughter, a home and temporal situation that is more than sufficient for my needs, and I wake up every morning with my best friend right beside me. Honestly, does it get much better than that? I'm guessing that if the answer to that question is "yes", it's only marginally so.
Yet far too often, I succumb to pessimism and anxiety. I look to the future when I would be better served to live in the present. I let the uncertainties of the economy and other unknowables rob me of the peace of mind that my life and faith will afford me, if I will only allow them to do so.
Not that I'm up in arms all the time. Oh no, we still have plenty of laughter at the old homestead, and there are silvery jewel moments that I plan to treasure for years. Just this afternoon, I had one as I got Heather up from her nap. As I paraded her around the nursery, she became fixated on my chin. Time and time again she would lunge for it, mouth open, eyes wild with determination. Sometimes she would catch it, and when she did, she hung on for dear life (thankfully, she is yet to have any teeth in that little mouth of hers). I laughed so hard, I had tears coming out of my eyes. What a funny little girl.
And that's where we stand at the moment. I'll leave you for now with a few lyrics, quotes, and scriptures that I've been repeating to myself when I'm in need of a little added comfort.
Fear not, I am with thee, oh be not dismayed.
For I am Thy God, and will still give thee aid.
I'll strenghten thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous omnipotent hand.
The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I cannot desert to its foes
That soul though all hell should endeavor to shake
I'll never, no never, no never forsake.
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Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
--Doctrine and Covenants 123:17
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It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out.
--Gordon B. Hinckley
10 points for the name of the song.
5 points for the name of the musical
3 points for the name of the character that sings the song in the musical.
Other points awarded as whims dictate.
(No points for knowing the name of the hymn quoted--don't even try it!)