Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When You Can't Do What You've Always Done

I was listening to a talk by David A. Bednar yesterday about the wonderful older men who lead our church. He was talking about how some people think that is a bad thing... we need youthful leadership, they say. But then he shares this little gem from Robert D. Hales: "When you cannot do what you have always done, then you only do what matters most." He was referring to the ailments that come with age, and the need for these men to focus on the spiritual as the physical abilities fade.

But this one hit me personally.

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You see, recently I cannot seem to do what I have always done. Getting the laundry done takes days when I used to do it all on a Saturday afternoon. And now it's never actually done. Getting dinner on the table right at 6:00 used to be a breeze. Now we're lucky if I'm still scrambling for a last minute bite to eat before Kymri's bedtime. Oh, and the dishes? They get done... but not until after Kymri is in bed for the night. Which means someone might catch me with a full sink. Something I would have never allowed a year ago. I used to get so much done in a day... school, work, chores, exercise, hair, makeup, service, reading, etc. etc. Now... my days are definitely busy, but less packed. Not exactly the "to-do list" variety kind of day.

But then there are the things that I do accomplish. Today, I cuddled with my baby girl after she took a little tumble when trying to walk. And then I cheered her on when she was brave enough to get up and try again. I made a little choo choo out of her spoon and watched her delight as we enjoyed lunch together. I read her favorite story. And then another. And another. I built a tower out of blocks and let her knock it down over and over again. I took her on a walk to discover the outside world. I looked forward to when my husband would come home and listened to him tell me about his day, and enjoyed telling him about mine. I loved some alone time we had together to talk about our future. I checked in on a friend who was having a hard time. I read my scriptures and prayed, really thanking God for my bounteous blessings.

When you cannot do what you have always done, then you only do what matters most.

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