Day 71: At church on Sunday, members of the congregation had the opportunity to get up and share their thoughts, beliefs, and meaningful experiences they’ve had recently. This happens every first Sunday of the month in the LDS faith. I attended a different LDS congregation than normal because I am Tucson. I was very touched by three things individuals shared.
- The first person to share said he’s not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but this year he is making a goal to focus on what he loves – focus more on the people he loves and doing what he loves. I was especially touched by this comment. I spend so much time focusing on the practicalities and logistics of life that I feel like I miss out on actually living life and creating daily, happy memories. I appreciated his decision to focus on what he loves this year. I want to do the same.
- Another individual invited the congregation to tell their spouses every day that they love them. This individual lost her husband four years ago. She reminded all of us that we never know how long we have with those we love.
- A woman who was probably about 100 years old shared how grateful she is to be alive. I was inspired by her and her love of life.
Sitting in this church meeting brought so much joy as I reflected on the people in my life who mean so much to me and the blessing that life truly is.
Day 72: Yesterday I had joy walking in the sun. It’s soooo nice to be in a place where the sun is shining and it’s not raining. I love it!
Lastly, I learned one of the attendees of the program I work for has had quite a year and could use some help. She was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of 2015, and then the day after Christmas, she lost her house because of a tornado. You can learn more about her story and support her here.