Find your voice

People are afraid to speak up.

To let others know what they think.  What they believe.

Afraid to let others see who they really are.

They’re ashamed.

They don’t feel good enough.

That was me.  I was afraid.  I thought I’d lose all my friends.  No one would ever want to talk to me again.

But I knew something had to change.

I spoke up (so to speak).

I’m a very flawed human being.

That’s okay.

Everyone else is flawed, too.

Tell your story.

Let people see the real you.

That’s how people connect.  At least, I think that’s how it works.

I’m not an expert.  I’m just a guy with a blog.

But it’s helped me.

Things I’m grateful for 20171227

  1. Waking up alive
  2. My family being home
  3. Scented candles
  4. Working from home
  5. Cell phones
  6. Cough drops
  7. Showers
  8. Beard oil
  9. Sunshine
  10. Headsets

Vulnerability

I’ve always been the first one to say, “I love you.”  I always say, “Not next time.”  But I always do.

Vulnerability is scary.

I’ve felt a lot of shame in my life.  I’ve thought, “If people knew the real me, they wouldn’t like me.”

The result seems to have been the opposite.

No one has told me how terrible I am.

People have actually said some really nice things.  About me.  About things I’ve written.

I feel like I’m just getting started.

Paradoxically, being vulnerable has made me feel better about myself.

It’s made me feel stronger.

You should try it.

Things I’m grateful for 20171226

  1. My family and I had a good day yesterday
  2. Recordings of my boys
  3. I got home safely last night
  4. Mr. Krueger’s Christmas
  5. My cold improving
  6. Window scrapers
  7. Patience
  8. Having a job until the end of the week
  9. Abundance
  10. Knowing that things will work out

Mr. Krueger’s Christmas

Things I’m grateful for 20171225

  1. Jesus Christ
  2. My kids’ faces as they open their gifts
  3. Fatherhood
  4. My boys getting along
  5. Being done with wrapping presents
  6. Snow
  7. Central heating
  8. Insulation
  9. Not having to work today
  10. Memories

2017 First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional

Things I’m grateful for 20171224

  1. Thomas S. Monson
  2. Henry B. Eyring
  3. Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  4. Russell M. Nelson
  5. Dallin H. Oaks
  6. M. Russell Ballard
  7. Robert D. Hales
  8. Jeffrey R. Holland
  9. David A. Bednar
  10. Quentin L. Cook
  11. D. Todd Christofferson
  12. Neil L. Andersen
  13. Ronald A. Rasband
  14. Gary E. Stevenson
  15. Dale G. Renlund

Things I’m grateful for 20171223

  1. Cell phones
  2. Clocks
  3. Stuffed animals
  4. Toys
  5. Lotion
  6. Air to breathe
  7. Water to drink
  8. I still have my hair
  9. Power steering
  10. Waking up this morning

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is hard.

I get it.

It’s something I struggle with.  Getting hurt is part of life.  Letting go of grudges is hard.

It’s worth it, though.

Forgiveness isn’t trusting them again.  It’s just not holding a grudge.

There’s an old saying: “Hating someone is like drinking poison and expecting it to kill the other person.”

Don’t hold on to hatred.  You’re only hurting yourself.

Forgive them for your own sake.  For your own piece of mind.

You’ll be glad you did.