I took Mom up to Salt Lake this last Sunday to see Music & the Spoken Word...she had never been before...so we got to go see it and she was thrilled!! I've been a couple times and am just in awe every time. This was extra special in a way though, because a couple weeks ago our stake had a fireside thing and Lloyd Newell (spoken word guy)...spoke at it and is simply amazing!! Always has such great things to say and gets it across so simple. He also informed us what the topics were going to be for the next couple weeks, so we were excited to go up and hear about the "Untold Olympic Stories"...
It was truly uplifting to me and I wanted to share part of it with my blog friends...sometimes all we need to hear is that we're doing a good job...and we are ok people...and that we can be proud of what we're doing or have done. Here you go!!
..."one powerful message of the Olympics is that excellence is all around us. Most of it is never acknowledged with gold medals and elaborate ceremonies - in fact, it may never be acknowledged at all. But the truth is that countless ordinary people everywhere deserve the gold of praise and thanks for living quiet lives of decency and honor and goodness.
They may not compete on the world's stage, but they bless their loved ones and families; they may not perform in front of millions, but they reach out to help and improve the life of someone in need; they may not grab headlines, but they make meaningful contributions in their communities and nations. Long after the Olympic torch is dimmed, these stories of dedicated work, sacrifice, and excellence can be as inspiring as the feats that thrill us during the Olympics."
-Lloyd Newell, Spoken Word - February 21, 2010
So I hope that's an uplift to some of you and that you all realize that I think you're amazing...I look up to you and admire you for all of the individual people that you are and the lives you live. Thank you for being a part of mine and for being an example to me. I really do appreciate it!!