July 31, 2021 - Because I Have Been Given Much

It is an immutable law that the more you give away, the more you receive. It has been said that you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.

President Thomas S. Monson, "Doubt Not, Fear Not", BYU Speeches, April 24, 2003

I fear there're so many things in my life that I simply take for granted. The ability to breathe is one. Waking up to another morning, sometimes begrudgingly, is another. Big things, like a job, is still another. Simple things, like walking upright, yet another.

I don't mean to take these things for granted. I just don't pay any attention to most of them. I am trying to learn to focus on them and give thanks for every little, or even big, thing in my life. I don't know if I'm supposedly getting more mature and hopefully wiser which allows me to start giving more attention to what I do have. Or if it's because I have lost so much in recent years and I'm starting to appreciate what I still have. Or if it's a combination of the two.

Regardless, I am trying. I may not verbally express everything in prayer but in my heart I am starting to appreciate things more.

Indeed, I have been given so much. All the more reason I should also give to others. I am reminded of the legacy I want to leave. Recently, I've lost friends who just suddenly passed. Two in the last couple of weeks. How will I be remembered when my sojourn is over, is my constant thinking lately. I am far from where I want to be, but I'm getting there.

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