Richard G. Scott:
"Sadness, disappointment, and severe challenge are events in life, not life itself. I do not minimize how hard some of these events are. They can extend over a long period of time, but they should not be allowed to become the confining center of everything you do. . The Lord inspired Lehi to declare the fundamental truth, “Men are, that they might have joy.” That is a conditional statement: “they might have joy.” It is not conditional for the Lord. His intent is that each of us finds joy. It will not be conditional for you as you obey the commandments, have faith in the Master, and do the things that are necessary to have joy here on earth.
Your joy in life depends upon your trust in Heavenly Father and His holy Son, your conviction that their plan of happiness truly can bring you joy." (May 96 Ensign, 24)
I basically testified about how happy I find life.
Tuesday I went shopping. Shopping and I have a love hate relationship and I know it is a necessary thing to do to get "stuff". I like "stuff" just the effort involved is never ending. I found this really neat trick is to go with friends! They always know where to go and we actually have fun! So on Tuesday we headed up to the Outlet Malls (Roseanne Nieto drove - I didn't even have to do that!) and everybody mentioned what they wanted and then we split up and wove together to look for "stuff". Fun, fun, fun! Lots of laughing and checking out, some trying on, it was just fun. Having four women trying on and looking at pea coats for Rebekah my daughter was hilarious as we decided who was closest in size and what she might look like in it.
But I blew it at the glassware store - sorry I've already forgotten the name - Pyrex? anyway I stood holding a bag of glass bowls for a little too long and cut off circulation in a few fingers and over strained my left hand. I finished up the day buying some really hilarious gifts at the cooking store for my boys and watching the ladies at other stores and just enjoying the camaraderie.
When I woke up on Wednesday morning, pain was radiating from my left wrist and I ended up going to the Doctors on Thursday where he told me the over straining of the tendons, etc. had resulted in a rare condition of cellulitis (or something like that) a fast acting infection, so he treated it with antibiotics and a wrist splint. On Friday I was really praying to my Heavenly Father and 'wallah"! on Saturday morning the pain started to dissipate. My thanks to Heaven, doctors who go to school, and the invention of modern antibiotic! It is now Tuesday morning and I can function well. Life is good again!