Sunday, November 16, 2008

Great Minds......

I have come to appreciate great minds, those who are creative, positive and willing to dream of the potential of a great team....I was invited to attend a "Power Week-End" with three amazing women...The four of us came together ...each of us filled with ideas and projects we would like to bring to fruition. We enjoyed the day spa at the Sheraton at Wild Horse Pass...I have come to appreciate the power of a turban thinking cap....while wrapped in a fluffy spa robe while being soaked, buffed, polished and massaged. There was lunch pool side, inside jokes and many many belly laughs.....As I was sitting with my feet dangling in the hot tub I was privileged to watch the colors of night fall on the desert. The stars were close behind sharing just enough of their light to create the perfect silhouettes of the cactus's just beyond the fence. I was amazed at how quietly the process took place around me. I was in awe at the beauty and the serene feelings I was experiencing.

As we sat by the fireplace in the spa lounge and planned our evening....Room service was at the top of our list. We drove over to the hotel savoring the memories of the day. That night we prioritized our list of projects and how we are going to achieve our goals. We brainstormed until late into the night....

I am blessed to be a part of such an extraordinary group of friends. Women who are passionate, inspiring, courageous and incredible facilitators for making life happen.

My dear friend Laura came in from Salt Lake. It was treasured time. She and I went over to see my mom. Laura had stopped to get my mom a few goodies...We had a wonderful visit and dinner with my dad and other friends Saturday evening. Good friends are good for the soul. Laura and I never say good by.....we look forward to our next adventure together.

which is coming soon............................

Who ever said....Great minds think alike......must have had girlfriends like me.....

Friday, November 7, 2008

Election Week......

Today is Friday.....as I set down for a quiet minute to gather my thoughts and share those feelings with you....The elections are over, the campaign signs have been taken down, the radio and TV are free from the relentless negative adds that were bought and paid for and we as individuals, families, communities and a nation come to grips with the outcome. As a child and young adult I was repeatedly told we live in perilous times and the last days. As I look back over the last 30 years....(which is a little scary to admit I have that many years under my belt....) I have been a personal witness to the change in human hearts. In my world today the epidemic of choice is the lack of personal responsibility. The lack of caring, compassion, serving others....I see examples daily of how the lack of personal responsibility has affected parents, families, schools, communities and our nation. I grew up in a home where information was important. My parents encouraged me to be not only aware of local and national happenings but to watch the news, read the newspaper and be informed. I find myself today joining the ranks of many who no longer read the local paper or watch the news.....It's a rare day when good news is reported...and repeated.... I find many of the goings on.....disheartening....

Working in the Funeral Business....I have witnessed first hand the devastation of individuals who left the path of personal responsibility and began their journey down the path of no return. I hold and comfort parents, siblings, grand parents and friends who are left heartbroken and shattered and asking what brought them all to this point of no return.

We live in very perilous times....However all is not lost......I find en light of what is going on around me....I feel calm, joyous and excited about today and many opportunities I will have to share my glad message. Hope is ever present...One of my favorite quotes if from Gandhi, " You must be the change you wish to see in the world..." If I want more joy in my world....I must share more joy.... As I was sharing my political views with a Bishop earlier this week, we were at opposite ends of the political spectrum....He called me Thursday to chide me about his party's victory.....and my response was....Bishop your right on the one hand....yet it's the Lord who is at the helm of this earthly ship.....finally we were in agreement with each other...We were both registered and active members of the Lord's party. There is much work to be accomplished regardless of the adversity, challenges and trials each one of us will experience not just once but frequently along our sojourn. As we hold to the iron rod, engage our personal responsibility and stay close to the Savior we are assured what our outcome will be....no need to fear....just expand our faith.

I also been blessed to witness extraordinary miracles of healing, forgiveness, kindness and the compassion of so many. There is countless good.....As we embark on the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas my heart if full. The older and wiser I become the more I cherish the gifts of the heart.....I remember as my children were in elementary school and would bring home the most incredible hand made treasures home for me. Today I find the same joy in listening to the beautiful music, those treasured moments when all of my children are together again, spending time with my family and hearing from my friends... What a wonderful time of the year....

As the retailers brace for a very bleak Holiday shopping season....and the media is driving the fear of the unknown.....into homes....I feel at peace....The joy of the season is not in the bleak Holiday retail forecast...The joy of the season is much like faith.....the little seed that if nourished will grown and produce an amazing outcome for each of us. Joy is very much the same....Joy in understand the Savior's unconditional love for each of us, his atoning sacrafice, knowing that life is eternal...Those are the most important gifts....

The final exit poll is the only poll that matters.

Carla