Monday, August 31, 2009

Using even the bad times

From a sacrament meeting address by a recently returned full-time missionary:

  • It was tough, because i was stuck with a companion who was ill.

I understand the thought, actually, but the reaction strikes me as showing a lack of imagination. When i was a full-time missionary and my companion was essentially bedridden for just shy of a month, i took it as an opportunity to really intensely study the scriptures during the time i would otherwise have been out preaching—and i learned more about the scriptures during that not-quite-a-month than i’ve learned probably any other entire year of my life.

“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade” is a silly (maybe even stupid) little saying, but the thought behind it is valid, after all.


David said...

A very similar thing happened to me.

I never would have finished Jesus the Christ if it wasn't for Elder Rice (Thank you!).

Heather the Mama Duk said...

I have found that having a good or bad life is very much your reaction to events, not the events that happen to you.