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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Start Here

When I'm trying to 
improve, become better,
I don't know where to start.

I feel overwhelmed with what's
 in front of me. Bleh.

I think the best advice 
 that I've ever been given  
on what to do with 
this dilemma
is ...

"Start where you are."

You're thinking,"well that sure sounds simple.
Where else could I possibly start ?"
And maybe it's just a problem for me.

But for some reason,
I've always thought that 
I had to be better
before I could really
start becoming better.

Or that I needed to be 
perfect before I could repent.
But it's just not true.
We do not have to be better
to start becoming better.

We get to start where we are.
As Elder Holland said,

"The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge
 is not the issue—it is the integrity you demonstrate
 toward the faith you do have
 and the truth you already know."

In other words,
it doesn't matter how lacking we are,
what's important is whether
or not we are true to what we do possess.

So. What if we're not true to the faith
we do have. 
Sounds like a big problem?
Well let me tell you something that I know.

We're allowed do-overs.
We're allowed to make mistakes,
we're allowed to not live up to our potential.
As long as we realize
 that no matter where we end up after those mistakes
we're going to have to start where we are.

There we have it.
I don't know why this gives
me so much comfort,
but the fact that
I can always start in the 
very exact place that I am, 
well that just gives me hope.

Worry not everyone. WE DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT!
We just have to keep on trying, from this very spot.


  1. Tilly, I simply love you. Thanks for the inspiration.