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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Marinating in Awesomeness

Something that I miss about being a youth is all the motivational talks that the youth get to help them want to become better people. I mean.... occasionally we get those talks, but you know...

Anyway... last night we were lucky enough to get to hear from John Bytheway. For anyone that hasn't heard him before, he is easy to listen to. He is funny, gives great analogies that everyone can understand and relate to, and I don't know anyone that hears him speak and then doesn't want to make good changes in their life. You leave wanting to try and be a better person.

What did he talk to us young single adults about? Well... he started out talking about how he made chicken once on a date and he thought it was the best chicken he had ever tasted. He didn't realize he was such a good cook and then his date (who is now his wife) told him the reason why the chicken was so good is because he bought marinated chicken. It had been soaking in flavor. In this analogy, we are the chicken. :) What do we choose to marinate ourselves in?

He told us to surround ourselves with greatness and marinate ourselves in awesomeness! I mean, I am always trying to do the right thing and be a good person, but sometimes I forget how much things influence me. What do you read? What do you watch? What are you listening to? It all influences you to be the person that you are.

There were a couple of things that he brought up that really stood out to me. One of the things he said is that we are the average of the 5 people that we spend the most time with. Does that make you think of what 5 people you spend the most time with? It makes me think that. What kind of people are they? How do they make you feel? Do they make you happy? Drag you down? Are they positive? Negative? Do they make you want to be a better person? I hope that I am the type of person that people would say is happy, positive, fun and am really there for them. This is so true though. When I am around negative people, it makes me more negative and really brings me down and the same when I hang out with positive people. Maybe something we should all be a little more cautious about.

The other thing that he talked about that really stood out to me was when he was quoting Sheri Dew. Sheri Dew was quoting something from a Relief Society Broadcast and the lady she was talking to had said that she didn't remember that part or had missed that broadcast. Later something was brought up and that same lady had mentioned that she had heard that from the Oprah show. Sheri asked her when she had time to watch Oprah since she worked during the day. She told Sheri that she taped it everyday. Sheri then pointed it out that she had time to tape and watch Oprah for an hour everyday but she didn't have time to watch a 90 minute broadcast from our church leaders and prophet once a year? How sad! It made me think of how I'm spending my time. Am I cutting out the things that are really important for media that is not important?

All of this is all part of what you are marinating in. It is food for thought is it not? It was a great talk and really made me think about my life and where I am at and where I want to be. What kind of person I am and the type of people I want in my life. I really want to serve more. I want to smile more. I want to be the type of person that people can count on and look up to. I want to be that person so that I can attract that person to marry. This was a good reminder that all the little things do make a difference and I need to pay attention.

Thank you John BTW for reminding me to surround myself with greatness and marinate myself in awesomeness. :) I'm thankful for a fresh start and excited for the good things happening in my life and also excited what this next year has in store for me. It is going to be a good year.


Lil Lizzie said...

so sad i missed it! thanks for the synopsis :)

Lynette Mills said...

You surrounded yourself in John bytheway awesomeness

jamie hixon said...

Great analogy, and funny picture. Ha!