Saturday, May 14, 2016

What we Make of it

Recently, I found myself in a situation that I had been in before. I went dancing with some of my friends, but of course we did not have an equal number of guys to girls, so we simply ended up doing a lot of group dancing. Although there were a lot of other guys at the dance, the number of times that we were asked to dance were very few. During our drive home we talked about our experience and came to the conclusion that in life, things are really what we make of them.  

As we had entered the dance, earlier that nigh, there was a decent size group of people. Most people were dancing, but a few were sitting. Not being too familiar with the location and the people there, a couple of us decided to observe for a little while. As we observed, we did not find too much success with getting to know many new people, so we jumped right into the dance floor. We started having a lot of fun! After a while, with sweat running down our faces, we decided to take a break. We took a seat and waited to see if anyone would ask us to dance. A guy after another passed and nothing happened, so we decided to go back dancing. After a while a couple of guys approached us and we danced with them for a while. Although you would have expected it to go really well, it wasn't all that great. It felt unfamiliar and uneasy. After that, although we were not closed to the option to dance with others, we simply stayed together as a group of friends.  

By the end we were exhausted because of how much we had danced. We had had a lot of fun! We all went home satisfied that we had gotten to see how we were doing and got a good work out. Altogether, we realized that the circumstances that we are in could only affect our personal enjoyment as much if we allowed it to.We are the ones that ultimately decide how we will react. 

Not too long ago, I came across this quote by Thomas S. Monson, "History swings on small hinges--and so will your life." In any situation that we might find ourselves, we can make make choices-even the smallest of choices, that will not only lead to temporary enjoyment, but to long, lasting happiness. The choice is really ours, because life is what we make of it. 

1 comment:

  1. I love that quote by President Monson. I truly agree that we get out of this life what we put in...sometimes trying hard gives us the greatest rewards.