Monday, October 11, 2010

Forgive and Forget

That's what they say. It's good advice, but it's not very practical. We often say we have forgiven but it's hard to just let go of things when others have hurt us or we have hurt ourselves. I was reading through President Boyd K. Packer's conference talk tonight trying to figure out just what was so offensive about it and why the media has gotten so involved when I found something I wasn't expecting. President Packer says,

"Sometimes, even after confession and paying penalties, the most difficult part of repentance is to forgive one's self. You must come to know that forgiveness means forgiveness."

All too often we are too hard on ourselves. We hold our mistakes against ourselves and don't let them go even after others have. To realize how true the statement from President Packer is brings new light into life especially when we make mistakes in our own lives. Forgiveness means forgiveness no matter who wrongs you. I am so grateful for the little things in my life that truly make so much difference. Even something as small as finding a simple quote that helps better my understanding of life and the gospel.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rule #2 of College: Live for the Weekends

I'm sure you have now started to realize that college is pretty legit stuff. There are so many things to think about when you consider college. I am convinced that the only reason any of us can survive college are the weekends. Friday evening through Sunday night are probably the most important times in any college student's life. With the break from school and sometimes even work, we try to accomplish things that have been impossible during the week. Most of us catch up on laundry and homework and errands, try to clean up our mess of a room that looks like a tornado hit it, visit with important people in our lives, socialize, and do all this while laughing hysterically. The laughter may be because we are close to losing all of our sanity but no college student would ever admit to that fact. Here are some things that have helped me keep myself together thus far this semester.

Thirty Seconds to Mars concert trip

Yoga to find ourselves and maintain our balance

College sporting events
(These are always enjoyed more when the team wins!)

Saturday night out

Dance party!

College is an important time. In between our assignments, projects, quizzes, exams, and study sessions we find friends, fun, love, and even sometimes ourselves.