Monday, June 17, 2013

Happiness Challenge: Cherish

The happiness challenge has been a new blog post I have looked forward to doing each week. Figuring out ways to be happy and stay happy based on teachings from leaders of our church and some awesome ladies from TOFW is a really exciting thing for me!
 
I figure if I can be happy then surely it is infectious and can help others be happy as well!
 
So let's get started.
 
When I read this quote, my first thought was: watching tv and playing on devices is not creating treasured memories and it certainly doesn't create a meaningful time with our loved ones.
So how can we disconnect and find a way to reconnect with those we love?
 
Honestly though, devices aren't ALL that bad, if used like all things, in moderation. Because of our devices we are able to Skype with my aunt in N.C., play mind stimulating games like Words with Friends with cousins, parents, and husbands, and we use them for to do lists and calendaring.
 
It's only when these things take over, and y'all know exactly what I'm talking about. When we are unable to completely disconnect.
 
Yes, even from the TV.
 
Some of my best childhood memories come from being outside.
Tennis with my dad.
Swimming at the beach.
Pool time with mom.
Building forts in the woods behind our house.
Riding in my dad's truckbed to and from the tennis courts.
Riding bikes through downtown Milledgeville with my cousins.
 
And then later in life during my college years.
Outdoor concerts in Salt Lake City.
Indoor concerts of some local bands.
Salsa dancing in Provo.
Night street games in Provo.
Hiking all of Southern Utah, the many, many beautiful parks there.
Four wheeling in the snow.
Reading books in the grass at the park.
Photography.
Pool time with friends.
And lots and lots of ice cream.
 
I remember all of those things because of all the positive stimulation, the sunshine, grass between my toes, breeze on my face, and the taste of salt water.
 
Those are where real memories are born! I love this idea and I love living in the South where nature is all around us.
 
I want to leave y'all with one of my favorite quotes from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
 
“One key relationship we have is with ourselves. It may seem odd to think of having a relationship with ourselves, but we do. Some people can’t get along with themselves. They criticize and belittle themselves all day long until they begin to hate themselves. May I suggest that you reduce the rush and take a little extra time to get to know yourself better. Walk in nature, watch a sunrise, enjoy God’s creations, ponder the truths of the restored gospel, and find out what they mean for you personally. Learn to see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you—as His precious daughter or son with divine potential.”

2 comments:

J. said...

That's a great quote by Elder Uchtdorf. I did that more when I was younger, but haven't in a long time. I need to.

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

I feel the best when I utilize the quiet moments outdoor. You are so right. Those memories stick with you!