general conference weekend and choosing happiness

The first weekend in October, we had the opportunity to hear from the leaders of our church right from our living room. Tyson and I really wanted to go to the actual conference in Salt Lake City, but we were unable to get tickets. (We did get tickets for the Christmas devotional in December, though! I’ve never been to Temple Square during Christmas time, and I’m dying to see all the lights. *swoons*)

Early Saturday morning, Tyson made hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls while I complained about how cold I was. We wrapped ourselves in blankets after eating too much and sat in front of the TV to be spiritually fed. And we were. (Yes, our TV stand is currently an upside-down plastic crate. Please don’t be jealous of how awesome our life / home decor is.)

The past few weeks have been hard. They’ve felt like a lot of work with very little payoff. After General Conference, I felt rejuvenated. Every General Conference, there’s at least one talk that I feel was written just for me. This time, it was Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s “Of Regrets and Resolutions.” Here’s a little excerpt:

“Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey…

Doesn’t it seem foolish to spoil sweet and joyful experiences because we are constantly anticipating the moment when they will end?

Do we listen to beautiful music waiting for the final note to fade before we allow ourselves to truly enjoy it? No. We listen and connect to the variations of melody, rhythm, and harmony throughout the composition…

We shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available—all the time! Life is not meant to be appreciated only in retrospect.

Brothers and sisters, no matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.”

For so long, I’ve been looking forward to better days– to Tyson finishing school, to being able to start a family, to being financially stable… I don’t think I’ve taken the time to enjoy what it is that we’re going through right now. Ever since I heard that talk, I’ve been trying really hard to focus on happiness and to try to see and appreciate the good in every day. It’s already made such a big difference. Yesterday was one of those days where I just felt like everything was falling into place, and I really think that that has something to do with my attitude change.

If you have this:

You can still choose to see this:(photo source: Pinterest)
It will change your life.

You can read the full text here:
Of Regrets and Resolution Text

And listen here:
Of Regrets and Resolution Audio
(President Uchtdorf has a great German accent, so I recommend listening.)

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