Oct 19, 2007

Friends






The other day I took the kids to the park. EVERY time we go to the park, sweetest Laine finds a little friend, sometimes older, sometimes younger or sometimes really close to the same age. Within 5 minutes, her and her little friend are running around holding hands. The last time the little girl as a 2 year old Mexican girl who barely spoke English! They were just darling. They were having the time of their lives together running around, playing, despite the fact that they had just met and won't continue to see each other again on a regular basis.


It got me thinking about adults, and women in particular. It seems many women grow up to be so insecure about themselves. I have many friends who have wonderful talents, attributes and abilities; I totally agree that it is hard to not be envious when you see someone who's life seems to be perfect. However, I wish that we as women could put those feelings aside. I wish that when someone had a talent or attribute that we don't feel we posses, we could be HAPPY regardless, and be grateful for the way those talent and attributes go on to enrich OUR lives.
We really should appreciate what each other brings, and what each other teaches us, rather than having it make us feel so insecure about ourselves! Others talents and abilities don't say anything about our lack of that talent or ability, so why to we often let ourselves feel that way? If we all felt a little better about ourselves and our talents and what we bring to the table, we wouldn't have to always feel so bad about what WE FEEL we are lacking!


Okay, sorry for the rant, I promise I will go back to having it be lighthearted, just give me this once to be serious!

11 comments:

Jenny or sometimes Bozo said...

That is a really great insight. I think it would make the world a better place. I'll try to do my part :)

Andrea said...

Your topic totally reminded me of an awesome conference talk by Jeffrey R. Holland called "The Other Prodigal". Soooo good and EXACTLY what you're talking about. Hope this link works:

http://www.lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg/menuitem.b12f9d18fae655bb69095bd3e44916a0/?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=88f48c6a47e0c010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1

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Andrea said...

Okay the link didn't work, but here's a bit of the talk, "Brothers and sisters, I testify that no one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testify that He loves each of us—insecurities, anxieties, self-image, and all. He doesn’t measure our talents or our looks; He doesn’t measure our professions or our possessions. He cheers on every runner, calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other. I know that if we will be faithful, there is a perfectly tailored robe of righteousness ready and waiting for everyone, 14 “robes … made … white in the blood of the Lamb.” 15 May we encourage each other in our effort to win that prize is my earnest prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

Awesome talk and awesome post!

bloggingchristy said...

Actually, as I get older I totally feel this way. I feel really blessed to meet people that have strengths that I don't have because then I can learn from them. I am lucky to have some friends and family who are the best mothers I know and they help me soooo much.

I am sad you aren't moving to Dallas, but at least we can keep in touch now! I probably would've stalked you anyways if you moved here!

Jocee Bergeson said...

As you know, I totally agree! The "serious" thing I was thinking about the other day was how so many people (myself included) are always looking forward to the next stage...when we're married, when we have a baby, when we have two kids so that it feels more like an official "family", when we have more $$, when we live X....we should just enjoy the stage we're in!

Jenni said...

I have been thinking about this same thing lately. Sometimes it seems like other women can be our worst enemies but if we all lived and thought like you said we should in this post we could be what I believe was intended and be each others greatest strengths. I think what goes along with this is that we should be true to who and what we are and not feel like we always have pretend that we are always on top of things and that we are perfect moms, homemakers,wives etc.
It just makes you and everyone else feel inadequate.
What a sweet heart Laine is. We really can learn so much from our kids!

Ashleigh said...

I love this thought and reminder. Something to think about and try to pratice more. Thanks.

Gaengy said...

Great words of wisdom Nat...thanks for sharing

Gaengy said...

I forgot to say what a darling picture of Laine being a friend. I loved it!

The Wells Family said...

What great advice! I need to remember this everyday! I love that we all have different talents. I am perfectly fine if you cook for me and I would be perfectly fine cleaning up after dinner and organizing anything your heart desires. :) Boy...we each benefit each other!

 
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