he started out by reading us the book, "the dot" by peter h. reynolds (i happen to own this book, because zach gave me it last month for my birthday). it's become one of my favorites. i suggest you read it, rather than me explain. really. go read it. (you can even borrow it from me, if you want.)
we discussed potential and perspective. lots of good analogies and discussion commenced, but i just wanted to blog about one quick example.
draw a house.
(go ahead, do it. i'll wait.)
ok. most people draw houses like this:
right? when we add some perspective in there, we might draw it
we often see ourselves like that first picture shows.
'this is how i am: _______.'
our little house could have
that we don't even see.likewise, we could have
and lessons to learn
that we don't even see.
how do we see? add perspective. through trials, sufferings, difficult callings, opportunities, etc, we can learn about what's really part of our spiritual homes (or mansions as they may become). we're not just squares and rectangles.
we may be called as a nursery leader. 'what? nursery leader? i don't think i can do that!'
we could find a hidden door. 'i really enjoy kids.'
we could experience a parents' divorce. 'what? i don't like this. this isn't how family is supposed to be.'
we could look for a window. 'oh. i have a lot more love for my family now.'
we could get our hearts broken. multiple times. 'i don't like this. it hurts so badly.'
we could plant a garden. 'i'm learning to depend on Heavenly Father.'
we could fail a test. 'i deserved a good grade- i studied.'
we could discover a secret path. 'ah. a lesson in perseverance.'
do you get the idea? it's a good thing we're more than just squares and triangles. guy then talked about how we are all creators. elder uchtdorf says 'everyone can create...something of substance [and] beauty.'
as guy quoted,
you are the architect of your own destiny.
so when you start to doubt yourself, start to create. make those windows and stairs and doors. discover your potential; create your mansion.
i could even venture a step further into the analogy and talk about creating that house on a 'firm foundation'...but that's a lesson for another day.