Thursday, January 12, 2012
Thoughtful Thursday: The Tree of Life
Again, today I was reading through the Book of Mormon where Lehi has a dream about people in general.
You can find out more about Lehi's dream here. I love those "picture stories" (aka, cartoon scriptures).
First off, masses of people are in his dream. I mean, it's hard to imagine how many people who have ever lived who are in the search to be happy. Makes me feel very small.
Secondly, people are looking for the rod, but they get distracted. Now, I get distracted really easily. I mean, REALLY easily. I have a hard time focusing on anything, which made it difficult to take tests in college, but I digress.... I think it's easy to get distracted. The rod is small and cold and there are SO many other things out there vying for our attention.
Third, people make it to the tree, and they eat of the fruit but for some reason they are ashamed. Maybe not all their family made it to the tree, or it's the people pointing and laughing (more on them later). It's weird to think that they had THAT much joy and choose to leave, but I know our family will be going along great and smoothly and then I'll get distracted or be ashamed of something we're doing that might be the right thing, but seems a little crazy. Anyway, my personal main thought of this is to NEVER be ashamed of how happy you are or could be. Also, find joy in others and their happiness, don't be the one making fun.
Finally, there is a great and spacious building that represents the pride of the people. People leave the rod (which represents the word of God -- btw, for you Mormons out there, guess who's great- great-great grandpa wrote that song, yup, that's me... pure Mormon royalty, that's me) and walk to the building, just because it seems to look better.
I read a blog the other day about how someone really wasn't happy. I felt really sad for her, because I do, honestly, feel VERY happy. Sure, there are times I want to throw a kid through a wall or behead myself for taking on carnival chair at the school, but all around I am VERY happy. Maybe that's how you know you're at the tree, and that you should stay there. Of course, there's situational unhappiness, and heavens knows I've been there but I knew that there would be an end to that and if I wasn't happy in a few weeks I needed to change my life. Of course, that's easy to say in retrospect. :)
So, what are you leaving the thing that will make you the most happy for to go to something that will give you absolutely no happiness? And, are you staying with that thing that makes you unhappy?