Thinking Thankful Thoughts.

Today, I was stuck in traffic for 40 minutes on Beck Street due to a huge accident. 
In that time, I thought about things I'm thankful for while I was listening and singing along with the Christmas Music on the radio. 

I'm thankful for a great job that I was late for today and an understanding boss.

I'm thankful for technology so I could both call, then email my boss and tell her what was going on.

I'm thankful that my car accident last week wasn't as bad as the one I saw. 

I'm thankful for a nice backpack to carry my life around, nice clothes, the opportunity for an education.

I'm thankful to live at home, even though the commute and long days can get hard to deal with sometimes.

I'm thankful for loving parents and siblings that make it easy for me to live at home.

I'm thankful for this time of year. The beautiful decorations. The great occasions. The family get-togethers. The odd contrast of snow with colorful leaves...crazy Utah weather. The food.

I'm thankful that I've started eating healthier, watching portion sizes, and exercising. 
(Newsflash: It does make a difference. I feel so much better & I've said goodbye to seven pounds!)

I'm thankful for my institute class. We read this quote yesterday in class and it made me remember how much I've truly been given. I'm thankful for who I am and who I can become.
 I'm thankful that I can be myself and that's all I am required to be. 

Being Ourselves--Patricia Holland

“Our Father in Heaven needs us as we are, as we are growing to become. He has intentionally made us different from one another so that even with our imperfections we can fulfill his purposes. My greatest misery comes when I feel I have to fit what others are doing, or what I think others expect of me. I am most happy when I am comfortable being me and trying to do what my Father in Heaven and I expect me to be.

For many years I tried to measure the oft times quiet, reflective, thoughtful Pat Holland against the robust, bubbly, talkative, and energetic Jeff Holland and others with like qualities. I have learned through several fatiguing failures that you can’t have joy in being bubbly if you are not a bubbly person. It is a contradiction in terms. I have given up seeing myself as a flawed person because my energy level is lower than Jeff’s, and I don’t talk as much as he does, nor as fast. Giving this up has freed me to embrace and rejoice in my own manner and personality in the measure of my creation. Ironically, that has allowed me to admire and enjoy Jeff’s ebullience even more.

Somewhere, somehow the Lord “blipped the message onto my screen” that my personality was created to fit precisely the mission and talents he gave me. For example, the quieter, calmer talent of playing the piano reveals much about the real Pat Holland. I would never have learned to play the piano if I hadn’t enjoyed the long hours of solitude required for its development. This same principle applies to my love of writing, reading, meditation, and especially teaching and talking with my children. Miraculously, I have found that I have untold abundant sources of energy to be myself. But the moment I indulge in imitation of my neighbor, I feel fractured and fatigued and find myself forever swimming upstream. When we frustrate God’s plan for us, we deprive this world and God’s kingdom of our unique contributions and a serious schism settles in our soul. God never gave us any task beyond our ability to accomplish it. We just have to be willing to do it our own way. We will always have enough resources for being who we are and what we can become.”

(Portraits of Eve: God’s Promises of Personal Identity, Patricia T. Holland, LDS Women’s treasury: Insights and Inspiration for Today’s Woman {Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1997}, 97-98.)

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