Sunday, October 5, 2008

Not speaking ill

That is my new goal. To not speak poorly of others. I think as women especially, we have this weakness engraved into our very structure, and we need to do all that we can to live above it. I've been trying to do better at this over the last few months, but I am still very much aware that I have TONS of room for improvement. Apparently I needed a prophet to really knock the reality of "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." President Eyring really struck a cord with me, although let's face it.. we've heard that time and time again right?? We teach it to children, when those who really need it (I think) are teenage girls & women. We are very good at coming up with excuses why our judgments or opinions are okay (and even necessary), and we need to stop.. I need to stop. Anyway, I know it's been a problem for me.. and I'm making a promise here and NOW, on my un-private journal.. to not speak ill of others. You can hold me to it, and if you find me slipping up.. please be ever so gentle and remind me. Thank you. And I mean.. how much does it hurt when we are on the other end and find out what's being said about us?? Yeah not good. I know for me at least that it hurts far worse than anything I've ever been through. So what makes it fair for me to cause that pain to others? It's not, and I'm sorry.. I wont do it ever again.
So what does this mean? It means I plan on being nice to everyone.. to them directly, and indirectly when talking to others (aka, behind their back). It means no more grudges. And it means most of all.. progress. We are all children of God, and I think we should take that responsibility much more seriously, and treat each other like the heavenly beings we are. It means, even when we are nice to someone, and they still persist on being mean.. we pray for them.
It will make the world a better place. That, I am sure of.
"I'm starting with the man in the mirror... if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change."
-Michael Jackson :)
You are welcome to join me on this mission. This is not a new battle by any means, but it's one I hope to be rid of for good.

Happy sabbath, and I hope you got what you needed out of Conference weekend as well.

2 comments:

Erin and Aaron said...

i love you. especially your micheal jackson quote admist a church post. HA.

ARICA YOUNG said...

yes. haha. i'm a monroe, we do silly things like that. :) and let's face it, the dude totally nailed it.