"I come to you tonight with a plea that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life we try to 'accentuate the positive.' I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort. Now I am not asking that all criticism be silenced. Growth comes of correction. Strength comes of repentance. Wise is the man or woman who can acknowledge mistakes pointed out by others and change his or her course.
"What I am suggesting is that you turn from the negativism that so permeates our modern society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom you associate, that we speak of one another's virtues more than we speak of one another's faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears. When I was a young man and was prone to speak critically, my wise father would say: 'Cynics do not contribute. Skeptics do not create. Doubters do not achieve.' "
Topics: growth, optimism, faith
(Gordon B. Hinckley, "Be Not Afraid, Only Believe," CES Fireside for Young Adults, Sept. 9, 2001)
my friend Pam forwards me some of the lds gems that she gets. click here if you want to start getting these emails. this one kinda stuck out to me. spoke to me, if you will. firstly, cause it's from Gordon B. Hinkley. secondly, cause when i noticed the date - it was just 2 days before September 11, 2001. think about how much our world has changed. and just think about what he was saying. but also - because since then - not right then but more so in the last 2 years, i have become a cynic. a doubter. i know i have & when i can be big enough to admit, i'll also admit that i want to change. i don't want to be negative. i always admire positive people. people that don't sit around and complain all the time. cause at the same time, i write off complainers. they drag you down & i can't stand that. you see, cause even though there's a cynic near the surface of me, i want to be a contributor, i want to achieve. so here's to doing better. being more positive, doubting less, believing more.