Today I saw this quote as I was scrolling through social media.
I learned that it came from a recent general conference talk-A Summer With Great Aunt Rose.
Although I remember the talk, I couldn’t remember the specifics and decided to read it to more fully understand this quote. Eva, the main character of the parable, is sent to spend a summer with her Great Aunt Rose. At first she dreads it, but as the summer passes she realizes her Great Aunt Rose is one of the happiest people she has met. Eva asks why she is so happy, and Great Aunt Rose shares how she has learned to exercise faith, hope and charity and that has made her recognize all the wonderful joys of this world.
A few quotes stood out to me while reading.
“I know people who, even when things don’t work out, focus on the wonders and miracles of life. Those folks are the happiest people I know.”
“God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy! So if we trust Him, He will help us to notice the good, bright, hopeful things of life.”
“Dear child, now is part of eternity. It doesn’t only begin after we die! Forever is composed of nows.”
It is a really beautiful talk that teaches about having faith in God and finding the wonder and beauty in our nows. In each present moment.
I am thankful for these principles. I know when I look to God and recognize the wonders and miracles he has created, when I notice the good, bright and hopeful things of life, no matter how small, and when I appreciate the beauty of the present moment, I realize how much there is to be thankful for. I love seeking out my own personal 1000 gifts. Naming them helps me to recognize them. Recognizing them brings me so much joy.
I think deep gratitude and appreciation and recognition of Heavenly Fathers love and continuous blessing can truly change us.