Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Keep at it

Lately I have been thinking about my life and the lives of my family.  I have been thinking about my dreams and my goals, not only for myself but for my family.  Sometimes it has led to discouragement because it seems that no matter what we do, things don't change the way we hoped or expected.  We work hard, yet sometimes that hard work doesn't seem to get us as far as we wanted to go.  I read a quote the other day by Dieter F. Uchtdorf that brought me some peace of mind and assurance.  He is from Germany and after World War II his family, having lost everything, struggled to get by.  He said his father worked long hours and is mother started a laundry business in which he and his sister helped.  He said the hard work kept their minds off their poverty and difficulties.  Then he said this, "Although our situation didn't change overnight, it did change. That's the thing about work. If we simply keep at it—steady and constant—things certainly will improve."   Now he was referring to their financial situation in this statement, but it can apply to all areas of life.  Whether it is self-improvement, deeper spirituality, learning a new talent, or getting out of dept, it takes hard work and our hard work will eventually lead to success.  I try to keep that in my mind now as I evaluate my own and my family situation.  It may not seem that there has been any progress, but slowly it is changing.  Our goals can be reached, our dreams can be realized.  Steady and constant work will get us there.  We just have to keep at it.

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