Friday, February 5, 2010

Joy in the Journey

"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed . . . Life is just like an old time rail journey . . . delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is . . . to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride." 

— Gordon B. Hinckley

I love this.

Sometimes my life is thrilling: family vacations! romantic get-aways! Season premiers of LOST! I am in love with my fabulous husband, my children are talented and well-behaved, and I am on top of the world!

Sometimes my life is boring: laundry . . . dishes . . . scrubbing. Again. And bossing kids around. Again. Looking in the mirror and deciding if my hair is passable, or if I have to actually take a shower. Again.

But if I've learned anything from Relief Society it's that the joy is in the journey.

I have to find the beauty in the mundane, in order to appreciate the glorious in the spectacular.

The more I look for the good, the more I see.

The more I listen for the good, the more I hear.

The joy is in the journey. The bumpy, rocky, sometimes-boring, but sometimes-thrilling journey.

And I am enjoying the ride. 


This is the teary post-script.

I want to tell you how much I love my family and friends. My parents--I love you for everything you have do and continue to do for me. My parents-in-law--you are wonderful and accept me as your own. My sisters-in-law Kim, Heather, Betsie, and Brooklyn--you are my sisters and I love you so much. David, my brother--you are so special to me and I love you more than you know. My brothers-in-law Nate and Andy--you will always be part of the family. My grandma, aunt and uncle, and cousins Chris and Jenn--I wish we were geographically closer because I love you. My nieces Cambria, Maya, Evangeline, Kess, and Kira--you are beautiful and fill my life with happiness. My nephew Ben--you are Tyce's special buddy and I love that you two have each other.

My friends, near and far, old and new, young and not-so-young--you are what keeps me grounded as a person. With you I can laugh, cry, and be myself. Thank you.

And to my husband and children--well, there's just too much to say. I will sum it up with those three little words, but know that they are packed with meaning: Give me cheesecake.

Just kidding.




Anonymous said...

Let's go to the Factory tonight!


Rachel McEwen said...

great post! I loved it:) Life can be very mundane most of the time but it is those bursts of speed that really keep us going and looking forward to what lies ahead:)

Emmy said...

Lol! Love your three words :)

But really that was awesome, and so true.. while life is mundane we need to enjoy it, as mundane often means nothing is really going wrong.

Denalee said...

Really great post Rebecca. Have you read Ardeth Kapp's book, "The Joy of the Journey"? You two could be twins.

Mopsie said...

Beautifully said, and a great reminder to want what we have, instead of to have what we (think we) want.
I also like the aspect of "journey" that implies that we will not be in this situation, in this place and time, forever, but will always be moving on and changing. Whether it's for good or bad is largely up to us.
Rebie rules!

brooklyn said...

Thanks for the shout out. I was just thinking how much I like you and how I wish we could hang out more right before I opened your blog! You're a sweetie and I'm thankful for you.