Today I am introducing you to an old friend.
This friend came to me while I was recovering from my hysterectomy in 2012. I was feeling a little discouraged and sad because of the state I was in and because of things that were happening around me. As I was pondering one evening, an idea came to my mind that filled me with such happiness that I just could not keep it to myself.
What is the S.M.I.L.E.S project? To answer that question, I am including a portion of the original post that was written on December 16, 2012. (Click here to read the entire post.)
"Being on bed rest allows one to have lots of time to ponder.
It's kind of nice until really tragic and upsetting things happen and then all you can do is think about those things and feel sad.
It would be easy to allow myself to get caught up in these sad feelings; to spend all day online, reading news stories, Facebook posts, looking at images that tear your heart to pieces. But I don't want to spend my days being sad or angry or frustrated because bad things happen.
They always have and they always will. It's part of life...We can't waste too many precious life moments by worrying and wondering, "Why?" It will drive you crazy.
We have to, instead, look for ways that we can spread goodness and love.
This world is in desperate need of people who are willing to
We need to marinate ourselves, our families, our friends, neighbors, colleagues, enemies...in love.
We will still have moments of heartache and sorrow, but if we can counteract those moments with so many more sweet moments of love and kindness, our souls will be empowered. We will be able to withstand each crushing blow because we will be stronger. And because we are stronger, we will be able to help those who are not yet strong."
And that is how my friend, the S.M.I.L.E.S project was born. As you can see from the picture, S.M.I.L.E.S stands for Sweet Moments in Life Empower the Soul.
I felt then, and I feel even more strongly now, that what we need in this world are more S.M.I.L.E.S. We need to fill our lives with so many sweet moments that our souls almost burst! If we can do this, the hard times won't seem the hard, the dark won't seem so dark,and the heavy loads we carry will be lighter to bear.
As I reintroduce this little project (with one minor adjustment...#SMILESproject), my hope is that it will hit the ground running. I dream of it being shared and shared again in all forms of social media. I want to flood the earth with people posting pictures and telling us about the sweet moments in their lives. We can gain strength from each other as we share the sweet moments that life can bring.
So...are you with me? Can you commit to recognizing the sweet moments that happen in your life? Are you willing to step up your efforts in creating sweet moments for other people? I hope so. I also hope that you will share this post and share the sweet moments in life that empower your soul! As we share with each other we will be stronger and we will be happier. It will be a beautiful thing indeed. xoxo
I love music. It has a way of reaching the soul in a way that words alone cannot.
As I was getting ready this morning, a hymn that came to my mind and I decided that I would make it my mantra for today.
"Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words."
If you are not familiar with this song, here is a version performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
This song is short, but it packs a powerful punch.
Here are some of the lyrics that stand out to me today...
"Let us oft speak kind words to each other
At home or where'er we may be...
And where the dark clouds hide the shining,
Let in the bright sunlight of love.
Oh the kind words we give shall in memory live
And sunshine forever impart.
Let us oft speak kind words to each other;
Kind words are sweet tones of the heart."
Let us remember this day and always to speak kind words to each other. This includes family, friends, acquaintances, and enemies. You will be surprised how quickly a heated conversation will turn when kind words and tones are used.
Happy Sunday everyone! xoxo
Yes, we are. Admit it.
How many times have I yelled at my kids to stop yelling?
What about telling my kids to clean up their piles of stuff as I am stepping over piles of stuff in my own room?
Or, when (sadly), I have taught my kids to not talk about people behind their backs and then turned around and had the conversation, "I can't believe so and so did this today."
How about when we beg and plead for tolerance and acceptance, yet we cannot tolerate and accept those who do not share our own thoughts and opinions?
Yes, we are all hypocrites because not a single one of us is perfect. Not me, not you, not your neighbor.
There has only been one perfect person to ever walk this earth. One. His name is Jesus Christ. And because He is perfect, He set the perfect example for us to emulate, which is not easy to do. This task is incredibly hard because we are all human and we do dumb human things.
With that in mind, there is a way for us to correct all of the dumb human things that we think, that we say, and that we do. It is called the Atonement. That one special, amazing, and perfect being gave us a most incredible gift. The chance to repent; to be perfected through Him.
My hope is that we can all try to be better about taking a step back next time we point out the mote that is in our brother's eye, and consider the beam that is in our own eye. (Matthew 7:3) We need to have compassion, compassion, compassion and patience, patience, patience with ourselves and everyone around us. Our whole life long.
We can do it! I know we can! Will you join me in trying??
"If you define hypocrite as someone who fails to live up perfectly to what he or she believes, then we are all hypocrites. None of us is quite as Christlike as we know we should be. But we earnestly desire to overcome our faults and the tendency to sin. With our heart and soul we yearn to become better with the help of the Atonement of Jesus Christ."
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I love it when General conference falls on Easter Sunday. Makes my heart happy.
If you are interested in watching/listening, just go to www.lds.org. 😊
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