Thursday, December 16, 2010


"This Christmas, mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.
Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth.
Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise.
Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy.
Apologize. Try to understand.
Examine your demands on others.
Think first of someone else.
Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more.
Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Speak your love and then speak it again."
-Howard W. Hunter
I LOVE this quote...and have tried for the last several years to do these things throughout the month of December.  This year I decided to print them and put them in a jar.  I pull one out each day and try to focus on that.  It has helped me to feel more of the spirit of the holiday...despite the chaos of shopping, wrapping, etc.  
Try a few of these things today...and let me know how it goes.  I guarantee it will brighten your day! 


Susi said...

We love you. We love you. We love you. It is good to know that your health and the joy of living is slowing coming back. I love to see the posts and pictures. You are a living testament to faith and endurance. Brad and Susi Woodworth

Merry Christmas... may it be the happiest ever!

Laurene said...

Thank you for the idea, Shanda, and for posting this quote! Our Christmas will be brighter because yours will be!

Tracey said...

I love the quote and love your family picture over to the side! So cute!!!

Jennica said...

Wow, great quote. I will try to focus on a few of these in the next few days. I can always use a little inspiriation.

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The Person Family said...

Great quote and great idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

Dave said...

Today I gave part of our Christmas lesson to the YW and my part was about miracles. In the Bible dictionary it says that miracles don't happen without PRAYER, felt need, and FAITH. Needless to say, I used you as an example of miracles :) hope you don't mind-you've been such an inspiration to so many! THANK YOU!

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