Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Joy in the Journey

Way back in October 2008, I took special note of president Monson's talk titled "Joy in the Journey". Even then I knew it would be one I needed to reread frequently once I was raising kids. I have it bookmarked on my phone now and pull it up occasionally. You can read the full talk here .

This part always always makes me cry....

"If you have children who are grown and gone, in all likelihood you have occasionally felt pangs of loss and the recognition that you didn’t appreciate that time of life as much as you should have. Of course, there is no going back, but only forward. Rather than dwelling on the past, we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future.

If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly.

Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us."

Sweet sweet reminders that help me get back on track and remind me of the bigger picture (the eternal perspective) and again find joy in my journey.


  1. I love that talk and it was a great reminder for me today, so thanks :)

  2. I loved that talk. Was it really from 2008?! It seems like just yesterday. Man, where does the time go?
    And, as a side note: I always leave Rachel's hand prints on the TV and mirror. They are just too cute, and I can't bare the thought of them not being there.

  3. I love this talk too. I wrote a blog post about how it changed my parenting perspective back in Nov. 2008 when Sydney was just 6 months old and I was struggling with being a new mother. I have never forgotten the sentiment of the talk but I don't know that I have bothered to re-read it so maybe I'll do that now!

  4. Thanks for that reminder. I needed that.