“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
I’m not as productive as I’d like to be. Who is?
I spend a good amount of time reading.
And I’ve been writing. Drawing. Painting.
I go for the occasional walk.
I’ve also spent quite a bit of time with my boys. That’s always good.
This whole quarantine thing is really getting to me. I’ve had so many ideas for things I could do to improve. But those ideas are thwarted by the current situation.
I want to join some organizations I think will help me. Specifically, I want to join Toastmasters and a Cash Flow Club. I might do more than that, but I think those will be a good start.
I seriously need to improve the influences in my life. Reading good books helps, but it isn’t enough. Right now I’m spending way to much time around angry people who have no interest in improving themselves, and not enough time around happy people who want to be better.
Time after time in General Conference speakers have said, in essence, “Don’t take my word for it. Pray to know the truth for yourself.”
Don’t believe me? Good. Look it up.
General Conference talks aren’t the only thing you should question, though.
Question the things you were taught in school. Question the things you hear on TV. Question the things you read on the internet. Especially from bloggers.
Many of the things we’ve been taught our whole life are lies. Most people just assume what they’ve been told is true. They base their whole lives on false assumptions and lies, then wonder why they have so many problems.
If you don’t know there’s a God, start there. If you don’t know the Book of Mormon is true, ask (read it first, though). I didn’t do that until I was 26, despite being raised in the church. I know it’s true, but find out for yourself.
It’s a lot easier to be lazy and believe everything you’re told, I know. But you’ll have more success in life if the information you’re using is actually reliable.