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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Break

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I love Spring Break! We got to see our family and spend time with them. I don't know what I would do without my family; they are my everything.

During our break it was so nice to be away from the internet and social media. I’m realizing that a few years ago my personal life was just fine without it and sometimes even happier. Sometimes I find myself wasting away precious time scrolling through Facebook’s infinite scrolling pages and having to do something or anything on social media. [In web development, Facebook does have something called an “infinite scroll” which means that the scrolling is indeed infinite.] Half of the things I see on there have nothing to do with me and the other half is trash people repost from other sites (maybe 5% of things on there I care about).

The only reason I have accounts on those networks is to keep in touch with friends and family from time to time. But I have found that my mood changes when I'm online. I feel negative, restless, and sometimes feel put down because I didn't post about our fantabulous date like everyone else did on Saturday night or didn't snap a photo to show for it or I want things now and fast.

I've finally decided to write about it to get it out and to hold myself accountable to do something about it. I found a talk by Gerald J. Causse called “We Are the Architects of Our Own Happiness.” He outlines some principles that can bring happiness regardless of challenges and surprises in life.

1. Recognize Your Personal Worth
He says, “Often the feeling we have of our personal worth is based on the love and interest we receive from those around us. Yet this love is sometimes lacking. The love of men is often imperfect, incomplete, and selfish. However, the love of God is perfect, complete, and selfless.”

The love of my family is so good and makes me so happy. I know that God loves His children perfectly. Gerald J. Causse asks, “Imagine the impact it would have in your life to understand your eternal potential as God understands it. If you could view yourself through His eyes, what influence would that have on your life?”

2. Become Who You Are
“… if you were now to receive a letter from your past, what would it say? …. One of the great adventures of life is that of finding out who we really are, where we came from, and then living consistently in harmony with our identity and the purpose of our existence.”

3. Trust in God’s Promises
“I love these motivating words of President Thomas S. Monson: “The future is as bright as your faith.”9 Our success and happiness in life depend in great part on the faith and trust we have that the Lord will lead and guide us to fulfill our destiny.

The greatest thing we can desire in life is to align our will to the will of the Lord—to accept His agenda for our lives. He knows everything from the beginning, has a perspective that we don't have, and loves us with an infinite love.”

4. The Future is As Bright as Your Faith
“Your happiness depends a lot more on the principles that you choose to follow than the external circumstances of your life.

You have dreams and goals? That’s good! Work with all your heart to accomplish them. Then let the Lord do the rest. He will lead you where you cannot lead yourself; He will make you into what you cannot make of yourself.”

Today there are a lot of things that I want to do that can helped by social media and the internet – but the tricky part is using those tools correctly without them distracting me from doing what I wanted to do in the first place. I love that these principles are helping me get back in control of my vision for personal projects and goals!

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