Sunday, October 31, 2004

Take Heed, cuz I'm a lyrical poet.

Had a great weekend. We went to the opera on Friday night. FREE tickets! We even PARKED for free. The opera, which neither Paul nor I have been to previously, was entertaining, but slow. What made it entertaining was that it (The Marriage of Figaro) was funny. But, I told Paul that if I had to see a dramatic opera, I probably wouldn't be able to sit through the whole thing. But, the comedy saved it for me, so I enjoyed it.

Maureen and Charles came over on Saturday. It was fun hanging out with them and getting to know Charles a bit better. They even came to church with us for a little while. We went to the "Fall Family Festival" with the kids in their costumes. Ms. Boo was INSANE once we got the costume on her (a ladybug -- very cute.) She kept chasing Mr. Bug around the house trying to catch his tail. (He was a lion -- also, very cute.) The kids had fun and played games. Then Boo, who had not napped at all, hit the wall. She was walking around like a zombie. She fell asleep in the car on the way home. We put her in bed immediately. She just said "goodnight" and rolled over to go back to sleep. It was the easiest bed time we've had in a while!

Today I was overcome with emotion about something that I think might have been stupid. I spent a good part of the morning trying to figure out if I was taking something personally, or if I had a legitmate concern. It bugged me all day. Then I took a nap. When I got up, all the emotion seemed to be gone. So, I guess it was just me being over-sensitive.

Lately, I am thinking a lot about kindness. I don't practice it. More times than I care to recount, I have responded in such a selfish way to different people, refusing to act kindly. I want my kindness to develop. No one benefits from unkindness.

I have started studying kindness as it is used in the scriptures. I came across this, and it encouraged me:

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
- Titus 3:3-8

Goodnight, everybody.


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