dont waste your life . . .

"dont spend your life trying to look like her. spend your life becoming like Him"

i love this quote and things like this are why i love being a member of the LDS church. the whole point of this life isnt to see how beautiful i can become (looks wise), how many guys i can trick into liking me, how many girls i can out look and out last, the amount of clothes i obtain, or whether or not i have the newest threads, electronics, car, deocrations, ect.

and no i'm not saying we shouldnt take care of ourselves, or have nice things. but if that becomes our main focus we have truly lost ourselves. and how does this make a person happy. its so cliche that i'm surprised more people havent caught on. if you have everything in the world and have alienated yourself from others, whats the use?? happiness brings success, not the other way around. and being truly happy means helping others, meditation, trying to constantly improve in the right ways, ect. . . its interesting to me that we have so many feel good movies produced by hollywood but i think most days the people who are acting could be a lot more happy if they would let those rolls flow into their lives. am i suggesting i know everything about happiness, or that i would even want to tell these people how to run their lives? no. i just see their hurt and pain, getting more lost everyday. and i wish they knew what it was that would make them smile.

"happiness is the object and design of our existence" -Joseph Smith Jr.

if someone like Joseph Smith, who whether you believe what he taught or not had a life FULL of trials and persecution can say that i'm pretty sure we can all find happiness in our lives.
i remember when Paul Rusesabagina came and spoke at a forum at BYU a few years ago.(he is the man who ran the hotel that the movie Hotel Rwanda was based upon) i cannot begin to imagine the horror of things he had seen or felt. and yet, you see him now and he is a happy person. he finds joy in the simple things in life.
"I sometimes sit down and thank God. I was sure of one thing in 1994. I was sure that I was going to be killed. Fortunately I was not killed. Now I call the time from 1994 to today a bonus. It's just a bonus."
If Mr. Rusesabagina can thank God after all he's seen and been through, still look for hope in humanity, and continue to fight for what is right, what excuse do i have?

there are countless stories of people like Joseph Smith and Paul Rusesabagina, who, in spite of it all can remain happy and remember what is important in life. we have no excuse.

if you really want to be happy stop trying to become something that isnt worth measuring up to and start living for what matters.

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