Thursday, May 24, 2012

We Are What We Eat?

Two blogs in two days? This is crazy.

I was listening to this beautiful song by Sigur Ros the other day and something hit me. I don't even understand the words to the song, in fact I think this album is made without speaking any coherent words, but it touched me so deeply with joy and hope that I started to tear up a little bit.

The experience reminded me just how powerful music is and how it affects how we feel and act.

And it got me thinking, you know how they say "you are what you eat"?

Well, I'm not sure I really believe that cause I've been eating cows and chickens for years to no avail, but the idea that we are what we consume is very true. There is a great deal more to us than what we see, hear, and feel, but in large part those are the things that mold and shape us. As a result these things we consume directly affect and/or cause the things we think, say, and do.

Who I am, who we are, depends on what we consume and what we spend our time and energy doing. I am a unique person in part because no one has the same DNA or spirit as me, but also in part because of the things that I consume. The things I say, the ambitions I have, the jokes I laugh at, the things I think about, and the friends I make are all in at least some part the effect of the things I consume.

This has made me realize that if I really want to be molded into a good person I should probably spend more time doing good things like reading scriptures or serving people or something rather than watching tv or playing video games.

Now let's be honest, I'm prob not gonna stop watching tv or playing video games, but I can always make myself feel better by consuming a lot more wholesome things, right...right?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

2/3 a Laywer, 1/3 an Old Man, and Happy About It

Wow, this is longest I've gone without blogging for about 3 years...I've missed it almost as much as all of you have, so here is a short novel to catch us all up on my thoughts.

A miracle occurred last Thursday, I finished my second year of law school. The end of each school year is a convenient time to sit down and reflect over the past year. As I did so, I realized, not for the first time, that the past 8 years have been extremely good to me. My life was changed by a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I had the time of my life at Utah State University for 4 years, and in the past 2 years I have found a new home in the near-perfect Bay Area. I may act like a kid most of the time, but that's only a facade to keep the gold diggers at bay, in reality I have learned a lot and become quite the mature and well-refined man. Among the most important lessons I have learned is how to be happy. I know that I have preached on this topic many times before, but bear with me as I share a few insights I have learned over the years.

First, I realized that I can't control events or people around me and that I can only choose how to react or how I to view the situation. Basically, I can choose to look at life in a positive light and be happy, or I can choose to look at life in a negative light and be unhappy. I choose happy.

Second, I learned that happiness comes when we live in the present. I wrote about this a few years ago in a blog titled "Later Now, or Now Later?" I would highly suggest reading it even if you've read it before. Not only does it show just how witty and funny I am, but it teaches an important principle of happiness. But if you're too lazy to do that, it can be summed up by a quote from Kung Fu Panda: "The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why they call it the present."

Third, I realized that happiness and enjoying life revolves around the people and relationships in our lives. All the things we do, places we see, and things we own mean next to nothing without people to share them with. Sometimes relationships are hard to build and maintain because people can be frustrating and hurtful; so we often forget just how vital they are to our happiness. Good relationships are about loving and being loved and loving/being loved is the most fulfilling type of happiness we can have in this life and it would be impossible to experience without relationships.



Friends and Family, that is what life is all about.
Cheesy, but true.

Happiness is a choice we make, but it is also a consequence of our choices. I am living evidence that anyone can be happy if they choose to be, so...Just Choose It.