Saturday, October 29, 2011

Life is what you make it

When I was little I wanted to be a cowboy, so I would watch a movie called Silverado. I loved that movie, still do actually. There is a quote in that movie that has stuck with me and becomes more and more powerful. It is definitely true for law school.

"Some people think because they're stronger or meaner, they can push you 'round, I've seen a lot of that. But, it's only true, if you let it be. Life is what you make it." - Stella

There are other quotes that comes to my mind, that I wish people would apply more.

"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can be great." - Mark Twain.

"By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach." - Winston Churchill.

"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are; it is our choices." -Dumbledore.

But, I will try to remember that, "Each golden sunrise ushers in new opportunities for those who retain faith in themselves and keep their chins up." - Alonzo Newton Benn.

"What you are becoming is more important than what you are accomplishing." - H. Jackman Brown. Jr.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm Married...ha ha ha ha

As I was walking to class early in the morning I passed by two girls that were probably in the same ward back in the day and catching up on old times. The conversation went as follows:

Chica 1: Hey I was just thinking of you the other day when I was moving into [some apartment complex I didn't catch the name of] and I was remembering when I helped you move in there. Where are you living now anyway?

Chica 2: Well, (holds her left hand up super stiff in front of the girls face) I'M MARRIED!!!

(hysterical laughter by Chica 2)

As I walked past them hearing the sound of her unending laughter I was thoroughly confused. Is that a normal reaction when announcing you are married? Usually I smile...but chuckle? or laugh uncontrollably? I then thought why is she laughing? Did she just never picture herself getting married? Or does she live an alternate lifestyle so it's super funny she's married?

Weird stuff goes on walking around campus heading to my classes.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Forget yourself

The other day I was having what I thought was a horrible day. I was feeling sorry for myself and I was more than a little angry. I didn't feel like going to sleep, even though it was late, so I got up and went to my computer and logged on. The thought came to me to get on facebook. When I got on I found my brother-in-law on, but my sister was not. You see, I started doing facebook for one reason, my brother-in-law John was sent to Afghanistan and it's the easiest way to communicate for him. I asked him if Christine fell asleep again and he responded that he didn't know. I then asked him how he was doing and he said he was "having a hard time." When he said this, I almost told him, "Yeah, me too," or something to that effect. But, I was prompted to just forget my problems and talk to my brother.
It turns out that a close friend of his, a second father to him, had been killed that day, and he didn't have anyone to talk to because it was the only day my sister has missed talking to him because she was sick and sleeping. He actually couldn't tell me at that point, so I could only say general words of encouragement. But, I hope it helped him in some way. I really hope it did.
All I could think of was what if I had said I had a hard day too. There he is, away from his wife for a year in a dangerous place where people get killed.
I'm glad that I forgot my problems. And I'm grateful they are the only problems I have. I could hear President Hinckley's father's words echo, "Forget yourself and go to work." This is one of the most striking example in my life of forgetting oneself. I'm glad for once in my life, I finally listened.