Wise Words Indeed

Finding Joy in the Journey

Great thoughts from President Thomas S. Monson:

"My brothers and sisters, there is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today. I’ve shared with you previously an example of this philosophy. I believe it bears repeating. Many years ago, Arthur Gordon wrote in a national magazine, and I quote:

'When I was around thirteen and my brother ten, Father had promised to take us to the circus. But at lunchtime there was a phone call; some urgent business required his attention downtown. We braced ourselves for disappointment. Then we heard him say [into the phone], "No, I won’t be down. It’ll have to wait."

'When he came back to the table, Mother smiled. "The circus keeps coming back, you know," [she said.] '“I know," said Father. "But childhood doesn’t.”'

If you have children who are grown and gone, in all likelihood you have occasionally felt pangs of loss and the recognition that you didn’t appreciate that time of life as much as you should have. Of course, there is no going back, but only forward. Rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future."

Great thoughts that strike so true!! What a great and wise man!


Jared and Katie Organ said...

So true! I always have to remind myself to have fun with Tanner instead of worrying about the floor getting dirty! haha.

Robyn said...

And even when you try to enjoy every moment and appreciate your children, they grow up so fast and the precious moments are gone just too fast! I wish there was a way to push a rewind button and relive those special moments sometimes. =}