Becoming My Best Self

I was looking around for quotes and ideas that fit with the habit theme. What I found is an inspiring message from President Thomas S. Monson (First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) entitled “Becoming Our Best Selves”. The title alone is intriguing. How do I become the best me there is?

President Monson points out, “In His earthly ministry, the Master outlined how we should live, how we should teach, how we should serve, and what we should do so that we could become our best selves.” So the answer to my question is to become more like Jesus Christ. President Monson continues, “As we strive to learn His truths and then to live them, our lives and the lives of others will be abundantly blessed.” Sounds oh-so-good to me. I want a blessed live and to be a blessing to others.

He mentioned that several questions will guide our thinking as we try to find our best self. The one that jumped out to me was “Do I have the courage to change for the better?” It does take courage!

The scrapbooker in me loved this section, “It is time to choose an oft-forgotten path, the path we might call ‘the family way,’ so that our children and grandchildren might indeed grow to their full potential. There is an international tide running. It carries the unspoken message, ‘Return to your roots, to your families, to lessons learned, to lives lived, to examples shown, even family values.’ Often it is just a matter of coming home—coming home to attics not recently examined, to diaries seldom read, to photo albums almost forgotten.” How poetic and yummy is that? It motivates me to teach my family – the values and lessons that are important. And then to document them for future generations as well.

Another poetic quote: “It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells.” I want our children to always want to come home. To feel that love – of their parents and of God – in this home. I want the storm to stop and our home to be that place of peace. I am going to work harder on this one.

I will end with another quote by Thomas S. Monsen: “There are lessons to be taught; there are kind deeds to be done; there are souls to be saved.”

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