Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Well fed

Today while I ironed 4 shirts and folded laundry I listened to this.

Normally my time spent standing at the board with a hot iron in hand doubles as my time to listen to the words of prophets.
I love this time.
I can think, wonder, learn, affirm, and recommit to everything that is important to me.

Today while I was ironing and listening my weary thoughts returned, "Man, week after week, load after load, this laundry is a never-ending process. It is worn, dirtied, washed, dried, (ironed if needed), put away, and worn again. Can I do this for 70 or so more years?"

At this point in my thoughts I heard this:

Tempered glass, like tempered steel, undergoes a well-controlled heating process which increases strength. Thus, when tempered glass is under stress, it will not easily break into jagged shards that can injure.

Likewise, a temperate soul—one who is humble and full of love—is also a person of increased spiritual strength. With increased spiritual strength, we are able to develop self-mastery and to live with moderation. We learn to control, or temper, our anger, vanity, and pride. With increased spiritual strength, we can protect ourselves from the dangerous excesses and destructive addictions of today’s world.

I remembered that all these monotonous, seemingly insignificant things I do; and the stressful, really hard times that I go through are shaping me, tempering me, and making me stronger.

And then I decided that maybe by the time I get wrinkles I will wear wrinkles to match.

4 comments:

Katie said...

I liked this thought a lot. Thanks for sharing. :)

Also, I just wanted to let you know that I FINALLY put up all the pictures from the Sammy Jaybird photo shoot. It's on my regular blog. The pictures of Henry totally crack me up. Thanks again for helping out that day!

Amy said...

I read an article which shed light on this for me this week--you can find it here:

http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=a87de5e18be63110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD


My favorite part is this:

"Everyday events in our home can seem so simple that we overlook their importance—like the children of Israel who were smitten by a plague of snakes. To be healed they had to just look at the brass serpent on a pole (see Numbers 21:8–9), but because it was so simple, many did not do it. “Because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished” (1 Nephi 17:41). Everyday activities in our homes may be simple, but because they are simple, frequent, and repeated, they offer important opportunities to build individuals and families."

Joanna said...

That's so great. Thanks for the reminder.

Kayla R. said...

You are so cute, thanks for sharing!!!