It started when I was a young girl. I remember listening to General Conference when I was about 11 years old. We had moved in next-door to my grandparents and they had a super-deluxe color T.V. So when we were invited over to join them for conference I think some of us were more excited about the color T.V. than the living Word coming from our leaders. But, once I was there and listening, I felt something. The truth was seeping into my soul.
Afterwards I decided to summarize what I had learned and make a reminder for myself. I summed it up thus: "Be the Captain of Your Own Ship". I folded a piece of notebook paper in half and wrote it out in block letters with a pencil. Then I taped it up on the bare 2X4 in my attic bedroom. I use the term "bedroom" loosely here--my dad had cut a hole in the ceiling of the room below and thrown down some particle board to cover the insulation. Four of my sisters and I then shared those close quarters for the duration of our time in Twin Falls, Idaho. What it lacked in comforts it made up for in sisterly closeness.
Wait--where was I? Oh yeah--posting words of inspiration became a habit for me after that. I would add a new motto after each conference--I remember "Feed My Sheep" and "Don't Forget to Pray". Now the refrigerator door is the posting place of choice. I love to pause a moment in my crazy, busy life and be reminded of what matters most. Here are a few favorites:
"For every worry under the sun,
there is a remedy, or there is none.
If there is one, hurry and find it.
If there is none, never mind it."
"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances." Martha Washington
"The chief cause of failure and disappointment is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment."
"What then is true education? It is awakening a love for truth, a just sense of duty, opening the eyes of the soul to the great purpose and end of life...it is to teach to love the good for the sake of the good itself; to be virtuous in action because they are so in heart; to love and serve God supremely."
David O. McKay
"A truly educated man never ceases to learn." Gordon B. Hinckley
"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."