Friday, June 15, 2007

Timely inspiration

I shouldn't be blogging right now, but I had to share this neat experience I had yesterday.

I had a busy morning. Was on the phone for THREE HOURS getting all of our utilities switched over to the new house. Bell South is the worst. I had to call them twice and was on hold for 15 minutes the first time and 20 the second. Very frustrating.

The afternoon went pretty well and then Andrew had church meetings in the evening. He called me about 20 minutes after he had left to let me know that his car had died. WHAT???? We don't have the time or money for that right now. Grrrr. I was totally stressed over it.

In the meantime, I had packed most of my framed art into the back of our van to take to my friend, Diane's, house. I thought it might be safer if I just got it out of the way before the big move and then picked it up next week. The kids were being grumpy and not getting along with each other, so I told them they just needed to sit in their boosters with their seat belts on while I unloaded the pictures. Well, Brandon didn't listen. And while I was inside dropping off a few of the pictures, he managed to either sit or kneel down on our biggest picture and shatter the glass. Are you kidding me? My friend lives ONE MILE away and I was in her house for less than five minutes and he managed to destroy one of my favorite pieces of art???? I was not a happy camper. (And there went the whole reason for dropping them off in the first place!)

I was feeling so stressed inside. I came home and put the kids to bed and should've continued packing, but decided to work on my YW lesson for church on Sunday for a few minutes instead. I read the most amazing talk by Elder Wirthlin from the March 2004 Ensign. It's called "Improving Our Prayers," but there was a part in the beginning that was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment.

Here is what it said, "The first thing we must do is stop worrying. When we worry about the future, we create unhappiness in the present. Righteous concern may lead us to take appropriate action, but worrying about things we cannot control can paralyze and demoralize us. Instead of worrying, focus on doing all that you can, and then leave the worrying to your Heavenly Father. If your heart is right with Him, He will take care of the worry and the fear."

It was amazing. I could physically feel a burden lifted from me. Who cares if we don't have a second car? We've managed on one care before. And, the only thing Brandon broke was a big piece of glass. Get over it. It was very liberating and let me enjoy the rest of the evening without fretting over the small things. I even had to type up the sentence that is in bold above and tape it to my monitor because I have a feeling there will be many more opportunities to worry over the next week.


a sage in Sandy said...

Two rules to live by:

Rule #1: Don't sweat the small stuff.

Rule @2: It's all small stuff.

Jayne said...

I love that the right words crossed your path at just the right time, but don't be too hard on yourself for getting stressed.

You've had a lot on your plate this month.

Can't wait to see the new house!

sandy said...

I'm so glad I read your blog today! We have had a HECK of a week...its seriously been something new and totally lame every day this week to deal with- and I NEEDED to read that! Thanks:) I think I might type it up and put it somewhere obvious, too!

And P.S. - you can get custom-sized plexi-glass at the hardware store for a couple bucks - its cheaper than replacing the glass on an art piece, not as heavy on the wall, and you can't tell the difference:)