Ever had one of those days where you are just walking around feeling like life couldn’t get any better? I did, today. I love days like that. Think of the Carpenter’s song “Top of the World” and you’ve got the idea.
There are lots of factors why I was feeling so great this morning: I just whittled my to-do list in half (why do we have to-do lists and not to-be lists?), I’ve started exercising again, I’ve got an AWESOME wife, and as I’m about to graduate I’m just feeling generally grateful. However, I think the real reason I feel so amazing is the way I spent this past weekend watching 10 hours of talks in our church’s general conference (mentioned by our friends at Mormon Perspectives).
One thing I absolutely love about being Mormon is the opportunity it gives me for renewal. This weekend was a perfect example. As I listened to the prophets and apostles speak, I felt great. There were so many talks that genuinely left me feeling uplifted and inspired. I not only feel like I want to be a better person (kinder, more compassionate, more full of faith, and more hard-working, etc.), but I feel like I have actually become a better person. I’m not exactly sure how to explain it, but I feel changed by the experience. It’s like I’ve moved a little from knowing I should do something, to actually desiring to do it. The best analogy I can think of is exercising.
Most of the time, I just think of exercising as something I should do and when I don’t follow through I feel bad about it. However, every once in a while when I am consistent enough about my workout routine, I really look forward to hitting the gym. I start to relish it. That’s the kind of change I feel after this weekend, but with deeper things like spirituality, love, compassion, faith, hope, and true commitment.
The great thing is that general conference isn’t the only time I feel this. It’s not uncommon for me to have a similar experience after attending church on Sunday. Some days it happens when I’m reading my scriptures. Sometimes it’s when I go to a church service project or activity. My point is that as a Mormon my life is full of these types of experiences that leave me feeling renewed, revitalized, and recommitted. I’m grateful for that. It makes me happy!
What types of things leave you feeling renewed? I’d love to hear.