It turns out, over a decade later, and the poster makes sense. See, they were giving us the right lesson, just maybe a bit too early. There are things in life that are easy. Watching your favorite television show, for instance, is probably not a challenging task. But, for the sake of balance, there are also things in life that aren't easy. (Basically... everything else.)
I'm going to talk, very simply, about those things.
There's a very simple, straight forward idea that I've come across lately. Between facebook, pinterest, e-mails, and twitter, I have no recollection of where I saw it, but now it lives on the white board above my desk.
Remember why you started.
It's one of those ideas that lives in the back of our minds, and every once in a while we just need to be reminded of it. At this specific moment in seminary, there's a lot that just seems tedious. Things like writing papers, filling out paperwork, and hitting all of the "checkpoints" along the way. There are days when it feels like added weight to a load I'm already having trouble carrying. There are a lot of people who experience this same feeling with aspects of their own lives; maybe it's a healthier lifestyle, your job, your studies, or a project that looks bigger every day... We all have those moments when we wonder if the end justifies the means. I promise, we all do. However, there's a good chance that you started this endeavor because the end "product" is appealing. When you come across a hurdle, remember what the idea of that end "product" means to you. Remember why you started.
Have a great week!
Bask in the sunshine.
You're more beautiful than you know,
More talented than you think,
And more loved than you can possibly imagine.
Thanks for reading,