Saturday, September 6, 2008
The game of darts!
A couple of years ago I was playing darts with some friends in Ryan Shupe’s garage (random…I know!) http://www.shupe.net/ I remember that I was completely determined to win! I was the only girl playing against 3 guys. Of course I wanted to prove to them that I have skills. What girl wouldn’t? I would stand at the line, I would stare at the bulls eye, I would do a little positive self-talk, and then I would throw the best I knew how. Time after time I was just so slightly off. It was frustrating! I kept thinking, why can’t I hit the mark that I am aiming for?
I reflect now on that night as I think about the circumstances in which I find myself. How is it that I continue to try to do what is right, and yet it seems the blessings that I so desire are yet to materialize? Just like the game of darts, I’m in the game, I’m aiming for the target, I’m being positive, I’m making the move, and…nothing! I lose again.
Well, I woke up this morning at 2am, unable to sleep. Life…that is what was on my mind. My life…to be exact! My own little private game of darts. My mind was spinning out of control. I needed to figure out how I ended up here, when I was aiming for something so entirely different.
And that is when it hit me. I can do everything I need to, and still, there are forces beyond my control that affect the outcome of my aim. The important thing is that I do not give up. I need to keep my life on the right path, aiming for the blessings of exaltation. I need to “lay aside the things of this world, and seek for the things of a better.” (Doctrine & Covenants 25:10) www.mormon.org
Life is not supposed to be all hard work. It is supposed to be an enjoyable journey, with moments of pain (to help us grow)! But, also, it is about having faith that He, our Father in Heaven, will continue to bless us in our efforts.
And, so, with that in mind, I plan to continue to play darts. And one day, because “Faith makes things possible…not easy!” I will finally hit the BULLS EYE!
Created by Brigitte Eppley Pace at 10:08 AM