Saturday, October 23, 2010

Success and Simplicity

It's ironic how we truly appreciate the simplest of things when life gets hard.  This year has definitely been one of the most difficult, trying, stressful, depressing year of my entire 28 years of life. It has also been the first time in my life that I can truly say that I am completely and utterly  grateful. You don't realize how blessed you are until things happen. I really never imagined our family would have this difficult situation to deal with. I never was prepared for it.

I have never in my life felt such a gratitude for the atonement of Jesus Christ until now. I think it's sad that we are bombarded with images showing money, cars, fame, as a means to achieving happiness. All these images are doing, is distracting us from what true happiness is.

True happiness is not found in possessions or fame. Sure, it can make you feel good, provide a sense of security and keep you feeling on top of the world. But the only things that truly matter is family, your loved ones, spouses and children. As a mother, I have hopes and dreams of my children becoming successful adults. I am redefining what the meaning of success is.

Before we were provided bodies, we were spirit children of our Heavenly Father. I've realized, that my children not only need to strengthen their bodies through learning (education) and exercise, they first more importantly-- need to strengthen their spirits. As we strengthen our spirits we strengthen our defenses against the distractions and difficulties this world gives us.

 I am in no ways perfect. But I can honestly say that I am changing, and evolving. I am becoming the person that I have always been. I never knew my strength. Until now. I never knew how much I love my life, my family, and my Father in Heaven. Until now. Being in tune with the spirit is the key to happiness. The spirit guides us and softens or hearts, so that we can truly understand and know what the Lord would have us do. If we neglect our spiritual growth, we miss reaching our full and divine potential. Spiritual success is the key to becoming successful in every other area of life.

 I am working on self-improvement, and it's not easy. I can be quite stubborn at times. I am working on the most important callings in my life. Being a wife and a mother. I love my husband and kids so much!


  1. Oh Annie, I love love love love this post. You are ABSOLUTELY right. I was teary eyed, and had lil tingleys running through my body reading your post/testimony. It's so true, we really do learn more, I think through our struggles, that's why when I am struggling, I'm trying to learn at the same time, and also push my faith. I think of Christ and all the sacrifice he went through for all of us, and I feel like I CAN GET THRU THIS, this is just a small small portion of what he went thru. It's nice to see you evolving into the person you have always been. You are such a great example of humility to me Ane, and I love you so very much!! :)

  2. I admire you Ane. You're my hero! I agree with your post about the spirit. I felt it these past weeks alot. Still waiting to hit the jackpot, but I'm content! lol! love you!

  3. Thank you for a beautiful, thought-provoking post. Wishing the best to you and yours. aurora ♥

  4. Great post!So deep!...You're a great lady!
    Wishing you the best!


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