|Lovely red cottage in the middle of the Swedish woods. (download from internet)|
This week, we went over to visit on the member's in our ward named Eva. Over the course of our discussion, she talked about how she found a list of her life goals. One of them was to have a cute, red cottage, with white trim. She said at first she was bummed, because she is still in her same apartment, so nothing had changed. But then she remembered a cat house she had bought a few years before. She pulled it out to show us, and sure enough, it was red cottage with white trim. So, her dream had been fulfilled. Not necessarily in the way she had imagined it, but almost. I liked the story, because it is a principle that I like to try and remember. We have our hopes and dreams, and sometimes they may seem unachievable; but maybe we are just looking at it from the wrong perspective. A little humor and flexibility, and we can see that our our dreams may, in fact, be realities.
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This principle can be continued through our Zone Conference we had. A man named Håkan was teaching us the history of the Church in Sweden. He explained when it started, who it started from, and so forth. But at the end of it, he presented another story. It was about the first man to break a 4 minute mile. Up to that point, scientists and doctors said it would be impossible to run under that time and still live. But then, he did it. The next year 17 people people also broke that record. The idea he wanted to point out to us was that there are things that people claim are impossible. However, that doesn't make it impossible. The second thing he wanted us to remember was that after that record was broken, 17 people followed. It wasn't because the nature of the race became easier. It was simply their understanding that it could be done that drove them to achieve it as well. Between these two experiences, I felt like I have much to learn from goals. My expectations are perhaps the most affected. I think, for the better.
THE LORD'S TENDER MERCIES
|A gorgeous car with a matching trailer. There are quite a few older cars that Swedes take the time to restore. Sometimes I feel like I've fallen into the 70's. People may disagree, but I think the styles of cars changed for a reason.|