Well, it’s been a little while. I didn’t post at all last week because I was out of town. Don’t worry. That will be fixed this week. I got a lot of fun ideas on my trip. If you want to see the small updates I did on the road, you can visit my twitter pages by following the links of the right. However, today I’m posting a new defective tag. Before the week is up, I hope to have another post up.
So this week, I was brought a remote control car. It didn’t work. The car was not getting power from the batteries. No matter what kind of batteries they put in, it wouldn’t work.
This is what I put on the tag: ‘It’s tired of using gas. It was to be environmentally friendly. So won’t use the gas we put in. It can’t get power.”
To find a good blog post about this one, I had to think. I thought about what in life we say we won’t take, because the world tells us its ‘bad’. This poor car just wanted to help the environment, but now it doesn’t work. Because it doesn’t work, it’s going to be thrown away and broken down. I guess it ends up in a landfill. All because it wouldn’t take the gas that it needed. Why? Because the world told the car it was ‘bad’ to take gas.
How often do we do that? Think about it for a moment. Is there something you do that is like this car not taking the gas? I have an example I’d like to share. I am an insomniac. Not the behavior kind most people experience and joke about. I get chronic insomnia. I can go to bed at 9pm and not fall asleep until 2am. That’s if I don’t pull out my phone or laptop. All I am using is music or an audiobook to try to lull me to sleep.
People around me tell me that sleeping in late every single day is a bad thing. After all, only lazy people, who aren’t going anywhere with their lives, sleep in until 8am as the average, right? People who are productive get up at 6 or 7am.
So for about eighteen months, I fought hard to do that. No matter how bad my sleep the night before was, I was up at 6:30. At first, I thought this would be helpful. In time, this would help my sleep patterns, wouldn’t it?
I was wrong. I was miserable. At this time, I was working at the St. George Temple Visits’ Venter in St. George, Utah. It made work miserable. I had a hard time working with my companions, because they had to help me so much. I was so tired; I could hardly function. It was hard to get up for work at 7:45am, because my sleep was getting so bad.
It got so sever, I finally had to go home to recover. I had spoken to doctors. I even took pills to try to help me get over it. Nothing worked. In the end, I just stayed up until I felt tired and went to bed. In a month’s time, my body was finally able to recover. I no longer felt like my body was made out of led, to be able to walk at a normal pace, and to feel the confusing fog lifted from my mind.
That experience taught me valuable lessons. It taught me two things. One is the power of submitting. It’s okay accept things are bad. It’s okay to say, ‘this isn’t working’. It’s alright to giving in and accept that you can’t deal with it without a change. That’s when you find the power to defeat it. Only when I finally gave in and said, “I can’t do this,” did I gain the power to make it better.
The second thing I learned, was there are things that are ‘bad’ by society standards that maybe aren’t actually bad. Many act like society, the world, or the majority decides truth. This is not the case. Truth is what it is. Nothing we can do changes it. There are relative truths that maybe we can influence. But Truth, at its very core, cannot be changed by us.
Is there something in your life that makes you reject the ‘gas’ you need? Is there someone or something telling you a lie about is right or wrong that you are caving into? Is it destroying you?
My challenge to you; find the missing ‘gas’. The thing you are rejecting, because you are being told it’s ‘wrong’. Then to change it. To allow yourself to have it, or maybe to not have it. Maybe it’s letting yourself eat just one piece of cake. Maybe it accepting you can’t exercise that extra half an hour yet. Maybe it accepting you just aren’t talented in something.
Whatever it is, I challenge you to accept the problem. If you do, the means to overcome it will open up. It may not come the way you think it will. Maybe it’s having strength to confess to someone you need help. Maybe it’s in letting go of someone who’s hurting you. Whatever it is your need to do, when you accept the problem, you will be given the power to conquer the problem. I’ve seen it. I know you can do it. Don’t ever let the world tell you otherwise.