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A good read if you've got a minute - this changed my life (Part 2)
By recovery.gdo
1/13/2013 10:41:00 PM
embraced them. When he rose I thought his face shone with tears, but it may have been only the liquid love and brightness (one cannot distinguish them in that country) which flowed from him. I had not long to think about it. In joyous haste the young man leaped upon the horse’s back. Turning in his seat he waved a farewell, then nudged the stallion with his heels. They were off before I well knew what was happening. There was riding if you like! I came out as quickly as I could from among the bushes to follow them with my eyes; but already they were only like a shooting star far off on the green plain, and soon among the foothills of the mountains. Then, still like a star, I saw them winding up, scaling what seemed impossible steeps, and quicker every moment, till near the dim brow of the landscape, so high that I must strain my neck to see them, they vanished, bright themselves, into the rose-brightness of that everlasting morning.

SO many lessons from this - I'll let you draw the ones that are most significant to you. For me, the thing that returns to my mind over and over again is this: If we give the Lord our wills and allow the Lord to mold us as He would, then this weakness can become a strength. This vice can become a virtue. This ugliness can become beautiful. (That and the "this moment contains all moments" part. Profound.)

This is my hope. When times get rough, I think about my lizard turning into a majestic stallion. Even though right now it just burns, through patience and perseverance that can happen for me too. One day we can all go riding. Deal? Deal.

Comments:

Hey, thanks :)    
"That was a good read :)"
posted at 06:18:39 on January 14, 2013 by g1rlie
Good Analogy    
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posted at 00:15:06 on January 22, 2013 by Anonymous
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"I have come to know that thoughts, like water, will stay on course if we make a place for them to go. Otherwise, our thoughts follow the course of least resistance, always seeking the lower levels. Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. In the Bible it says, as a man ‘thinketh in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 23:7). One who can control his thoughts has conquered himself. As you learn to control your thoughts, you can overcome habits, even degrading personal habits. You can gain courage, conquer fear, and have a happy life. "

— Boyd K. Packer

BYU, Speeches of the Year, 26 Sept. 1967