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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Enriched

My week has been enriched.
Truly.

This week I was honored to attend, not one, but two Enrichment meetings.
Our regularly scheduled Enrichment night was this Tuesday.
Also, in our stake, there is a daytime enrichment meeting that includes lunch on the 3rd Thursday of the month.
It originally started as an excuse for the older sisters in the stake to get together and be social, since it was difficult for many of them to drive or get out at night.
When enough younger moms expressed interest in coming, a nursery was added, and viola!, I had the option of attending another meeting.

Evening enrichment was amazing.
Our leader has given her heart and 110% every month since she was called.
(I know because I worked with her for about 18 of those months).
This month was no exception.
The only difference for me was I am no longer the Enrichment counselor, and so I saw this night for the first time as a participant rather than as a "inside man".
That committee (from the leader on down) worked their tails off!
We had a progressive dinner (physical food), and each room had a speaker (spiritual food).
Here are a couple of things I came away with:

If you are too busy to read your scriptures, you are just TOO busy.

"Ye are the Salt of the Earth"
Salt: a sign of the covenant, representational of preservation from corruption, the power to be the seasoning, savoring, preserving influence in the world.
"When men are called into mine everlasting gospel and covenant with an everlasting covenant, theay are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men." D&C 101:39

(Salt was used as a cleansing preservative in biblical days. Nothing else saved things from decay and rot as well as salt.)


A handout was given in a class where we tied quilts as we talked about humanitarian service.
It said:
A CANDLE
A candle's but a simple thing
It starts with just a bit of string
But dipped and dipped with patient hand
It gathers wax upon the strand
Until complete and snowy white
It gives at last a lovely light.

Life seems so like that bit of string
Each deed we do, a simple thing
Yet day by day if on life's strand
We work with patient heart and hand
It gathers joy, makes dark days bright,
And gives at last, a lovely light.

The sister had that poem memorized.
It is powerful to hear someone share something they have internalized.

It made me think of "good mail".
When is the last time you sent someone something just to let them know they were important to you??
If you can't remember the last time, make some time and do it soon.
It makes you happy, and brightens their day too!!


Today's meeting was on the brain function, and we focused on how if you truly think something, it comes to be.
My favorite part was this:

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
--Marianne Williamson

Inspiration is amazing.
It touches us, sometimes unexpectedly, but changes our hearts and our minds.
I am grateful to have been enriched.

1 comment:

Kori said...

Kris,
thanks for sharing some really enriching things. I thought as I read that poem about not hiding your light to avoid making others feel insecure that I have seen you do that over the years.
Thanks for being a great example.