A Brightness of Hope

Nephi said: Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. His words are words to live by, and landed among my favorites some 14 years ago. They serve me in every season of life, in the ups and downs, and most importantly dampen the downs and magnify the highs. Recently we experienced a miscarriage, the loss of a little dream we thought we were building; and yet there is still a brightness of hope. There is much to love, look forward to and feast upon. We have felt the love of God and of all men in this time, and we thank you...

March 2005

In March 2005 I wrote 8 Posts, with subjects ranging from Memory Loss, Quotes, Photography, Talents, Easter Preparation, A Favourite Song a Design Change and my love of Principles. One of these posts generated quite a stir in the comments. Which I edited at the time. The controversy was over our photo selection of Joshua’s aggressive Tiger Face. Three years later we think a different photo would be better as well. I really enjoyed reading the Easter article as well. Brett also submitted a great quote from Theodore Roosevelt that would have been riveting to hear the first time. I feel like most of these posts could still be posts from this month of March, though that certainly doesn’t make them...

Look in the Mirror

Ever have one of those moments where you became painfully aware that a trait you disliked in someone else is exactly the same trait you have? It seems to just flip the tables of your understanding and blindside you. For one, it shows a total lack of awareness and how off base your judgement can be in regards to yourself. The other feeling that seems to come is one of understanding and then a little bit of self-loathing and a desire for forgiveness too. Why is it so easy to see the fault of another? Jesus’ analogy of the mote and beam take on a new meaning. You might be able to still see a sliver in someone as you look past that beam in front of your own face but become so used to that beam that it just becomes part of the picture like the rims of your...

What I would do more of

If you read my previous two posts you might also agree: It takes effort and attention to live a life of influence and greatness. In recognition of this, I think the number one thing I would do more of is frequent planning. Daily planning that connects me to my core goals and allows for the tasks of the day. Weekly planning with my wife that directs our family. This isn’t new but for whatever reason it seems easy to both say this, start planning and even easier to stop shortly after. No longer.

Lethbridge Nathan

When we started the process of moving to Lethbridge I started to muse about the idea of what could be different about our family and myself and coined the terms “The Lethbridge Muirheads” and “Lethbridge Nathan.” Almost like an alter-ego for change. In my head I use sentences like, “The Lethbridge Nathan loves to work out and lead his family in righteousness,” or “The Lethbridge Muirheads teach each other gospel principles through family home evening, scriptures and everyday conversations.” Or the Lethbridge Nathan doesn’t mind the wind. I like this way of thinking because it disregards any sense of past failure and simply affirms a positive desire. So I’m going to keep using it. I can already sense I am...

Pondering Progress

I have a thing about clutter. If there is clutter I often feel like I cannot do anything else but organize. Occasionally I can bury this neurosis and relax, but usually I choose not to relax until I restore some order to my surroundings. I’ve made some headway these past few weeks and feel like I can finally think again. I was leafing through my missionary day planner this week, a 7-habits weekly planner I bought in 1998, and came across some notes from a meeting with Elder Richard G. Scott. It was a wonderful day. One thing he said struck me again today, “A lack of pondering hinders the ability of tremendous growth.” I’ve felt lately a little awash lately. I’ve certainly been doing a lot of thinking but of late it has felt confined...

My Shameful Darkside

Every once and awhile do you find yourself saying horrible things? Can a stranger raise your ire? This weekend I was rude to someone and I’ve since repented, though I still need to apologize to the old lady. Yes I said old lady. I think we are all familiar with the person in our neighbourhood who constantly monitors peoples actions and is bold enough and bored enough to ensure they know what’s what. We have at least 3 of these in my townhouse complex. I call them the playground nazis. If someone over a certain age, say sits on a piece of playground equipment these women come out of their houses to make sure they get off or at least told off. The youth get a hard time in particular. Weekly revisions to the playground rules are distributed to each...

The Life I’d like to Live

I love wisdom and good counsel. Lately, I’m drawn to it like my mother is to fabric. Like this quote by Adlai Stevenson (U.S. presidential Candidate 52′, 56′), put into context by Elder Dallin H. Oaks : “‘What we need are not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the steady and tranquil dedication of a lifetime.’ This steady, tranquil dedication, when translated into gospel living, means living the gospel by becoming a 100-percent Latter-day Saint 100 percent of the time” So often, it seems, our attention is drawn to outbursts of improvement. In a world replete with revolving-door success stories and instant everything it’s all to easy to be drawn to ‘easy’. I love this quote, and I want to live a...

Criticism

I’ve been trained in critical thinking in a variety of ways-schooling, teaching, employment, etc. I also have a tendency to dish out criticism. I try to give positive feedback as well, or make it constructive and not demeaning; depending on who you are I might lighten up the tone or just deliver it straight up. Sometimes I’m extra nice about it but probably never as nice as some would like me to be. I’m sure a few of you are having some flashbacks and probably mostly of times when I was less than delicate in my opinions. All too often in the interest of time (or when I have no sense of patience or tact) I just cut to the chase and deliver my criticism with brevity and force. I love and hate this quality that I have developed. I like being able...

I’m So Glad When Daddy Comes Home

I learned the children’s song Daddy’s Homecoming at a young age. Go ahead and have a listen. I loved the song while little because it was so true. I remember freaking out when my Dad would finally come home from work. How excited we were to see him. Now I am the subject of that song and I can hardly believe the homecoming I receive each day when I walk thru the door. “Daddy! It’s You!” is the call from two little boys, and “Hey, Dad let me show you something” from a bigger boy. Honestly, I’m shocked and overwhelmed as each day they excitedly greet me. In non-family life I usually just get the courtesy “How’s it going” or “How are you.” With my boys, and my wife, an awesome energy fills...