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Consider the Blessings

“As I have reviewed the past 49 years, I have made some discoveries. One is that countless experiences I have had were not necessarily those one would consider extraordinary. In fact, at the time they transpired, they often seemed unremarkable and even ordinary. And yet, in retrospect, they enriched and blessed lives—not the least of which was my own. I would recommend this same exercise to you—namely, that you take an inventory of your life and look specifically for the blessings, large and small, you have received” (Thomas S. Monson).

I’ve found this principle especially true in my own life. When I record my day-to-day stories and allow myself a few moments to reflect, I often discover that, like the characters in my stories, the tasks I’ve been facing, though they may have seemed mundane at the time, were part of an overarching theme. I believe that each day can be filled with deeply meaningful interactions, insights, and growths, and we don’t need to do anything to facilitate these events. All that’s required of us is to be aware of them and realize their significance. I vow that I’m going to break free from the trap of thinking, “Nothing important happened to day.” How many precious memories have I thrown away because of this near-sided mentality? How much of my life is forever gone? I want to follow the example of Wilford Woodruff and feel like a “fish out of water” until I’ve made a record of each day.

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