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Morning Song

Posted on: May 25, 2010

“Then Illuvatar said to them: ‘Of the theme that I have declared to you, I will now that ye make in harmony together a Great Music. And since I have kindled you with the Flame Imperishable, ye shall show forth your powers in adorning this theme, each with his own thoughts and devices, if he will. But I will sit and hearken, and be glad that through you great beauty has been wakened into song.'” (The Creation of the World according to Tolkein, taken from The Silmarillion that my dad read to me when I was young.)

I enjoy my mornings with the birds. My solitary walk from home to the JSB is serenaded by a symphony of chirps and tweets, the sounds of life awakening to a new and beautiful day. I cannot help but smile slyly as I notice things that others hurry by in a rush to class: the yellow birds with red faces and black tipped wings flitting from branch to branch, the quail that chase each other through the bushes, the robins that hop to their own rhythm in the grass glowing with dew, and my favorite family, a mama duck and her 9 little duckings, waddling through the cool puddles of an earlier shower or curled up together enjoying the first rays of liquid warmth. I love to saunter leisurely to work, enjoying the morning, my spirit singing hymns to the Creator of such beauty composed of little chirps and tweets.

Life Changing

Posted on: May 8, 2010

So today I called the local gym to ask what time a class I was interested in was at. The employee answered the phone, “Hello, Welcome to **** Gym, How can we change your life today?” I burst out laughing. I couldn’t help myself. “Oh, YOU’re going to change my life, are you?” Her smile was audible.

It got me thinking. Shouldn’t they say something more like, “how can we facilitate your life changing experience?” I mean, I know it’s a little wordy but it truly would be more accurate. I have to make the choice to come to the gym; I have to make the choice to eat healthy; I have to make one million and one good choices everyday. They can’t make the change for me.

That’s really how it is with everything. I’ve seen friends struggle with challenges so personal. They know what they can do to make their lives better. They even want to do those things. They don’t need my advice. They certainly don’t need my criticism – they accomplish that all on their own. What they need and should enjoy is my “facilitation” of their life changing experience. But instead of providing them with elipticals and yoga matts and healthy food, I have to give them my time and attention, my encouragement, my prayers, and most importantly my love.

That’s what I think I want when I’m trying to change my life by visually attaching devil’s horns to every chocolate bar I see. I want to know that I have love and support and friends behind me every step of the way. I need to know they love me no matter what. I don’t need or want someone to do the work for me. They can’t really. It’s up to me to make the change and the choices.


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