6.08.2008

Comfort Quote

Today I was looking through my scriptures and found this old piece of paper with some of my favorite words on it.  This quote was given to me by a dear friend when I was a senior in high school and I think that it is relevant to everyone (though at some times it is more relevant than others).  It was written by Suzan Lake, my "secret weapon" and one of the best teachers of all time.  

"Never mistake aloneness for loneliness.  In order to grow, you need time away, away from the noises of the world, friends, comfort, and all distractions to find what is important and fulfilling.  These alone moments build character and show the level of patience you are willing to endure to find the Spirit and wrestle with thoughts that tell you you aren't worth anything or you can't do it right.

When you are lonely, you are saying, 'I don't have much meaning in my life.  Someone come and make me happy.  I am unwilling to give because I am feeling sorry for myself.  You, world and all the people I know, are responsible for entertaining me and proving to me that I am worthwhile.'

Change these moments of loneliness into ones of aloneness.  Alone, and all by yourself, do as the Savior taught you to do: serve.  This takes courage and sacrifice of your self-centeredness.  Endure being alone to find that you are loved and have love to give.  That decision made in your heart will bring a glow to you that will attract others to you.  You won't be lonely because you will have yourself, those you give to, and the Savior guiding you through."

Thanks, Suz.

1 comment:

JT & Lizzie Davis said...

i LOVE this quote and i LOVE suz.