Saturday, April 11, 2015

2 out of 3

This weekend my dad won some box seats at the Utah Jazz game.  We went up and it was a really fun game. The food was great, the game was exciting, the only downside was we lost by just one point. 
There was one second left.  Gordon Hayword launched up a desperate three ball that went nowhere -but wait- he was fouled! We have a chance to tie the game up and send it into overtime. Hayward had to nail three free throws in a row, and with the pressure that is no easy task. 

First shot (arena = silent)………………………………….. swoosh, good!

Second shot (arena = silent)…………………………………swoosh good!

Third shot (arena = silent)…………………………………….ka-dunk- NO-good!

We lost by one point and we were so close.

The experience made me think, what had happened if Gordon Hayward had missed the first shot instead of the last?  It is interesting but I think that we as fans would have been much less disappointed had we lost early than had we lost at the very last shot as we did. I was very impressed that in the post-game interview when asked, Hayward simply said, I took a shot and it didn’t go in. 

What a great perspective.  I think we would do ourselves a great favor if we put things into their proper perspectives rather than getting caught up in the emotions. If we lose by one at the last second or a thousand it counts all of the same, we lost.  The same applies if we win. 

For me I am going to focus on not letting things get to me, but rather realize that if I lose I lose and if I win I win, and barring ethics I am not going to worry so much how I ended up there. This way I won’t let my emotions lead me to irrationally get upset about things that I really don’t need to beat myself up about.     

Saturday, April 4, 2015


This week was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ General Conference.  This conference occurs every six months and is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love hearing from church leaders and being able to be uplifted.  The things that they talk about are always so relevant to the times and things going on in the world. 

Every conference there seems to be a theme.  So far, only two sessions in I feel like the theme has been family and that we need to serve everyone around us.  One quote I liked was “thee lift me, and I’ll lift thee and we will ascend together.”  Today’s world it is ever important that we help one another to get through, this is why the family is so important. 

I know that these men and women who deliver these messages are called of God.  I encourage everyone to listen to and study their words.  Whether you are a member of this Church or not.  I know that the gospel and the messages that center on Christ can change lives, because they have changed mine. I know that this Church really is Christ’s church here on earth.  It is a refuge from the troubled world that we live in, and brings peace to one’s soul.   

I am going to try and make this General Conference different.  I am going to review often the talks that were given. So that I won’t have to wait every six months to enjoy the blessings that come from listening to the words of the Lord.