2013-09-21 17.19.36

Your Father in Heaven and His Holy Son know better than you what brings happiness.
Richard G. Scott

I have been thinking a lot about this quote after a conversation I had with my father. The conversation took place after my birthday party a couple weeks ago. To make sure I didn’t get depressed about turning 40, I decided I to have a more elaborate get-together than I normally do. Since my husband had been out of work for five months and had not yet received a paycheck from the three jobs he was now working, I had no money for presents or decorations. All I could provide for my guests was food. The only reason I could do that was because we had a surplus on our food stamps card. Because my husband was never home, I basically had to do all the preparations by myself.

Point being—at the end of my party—which did turn out nicely—I was exhausted and still a little frustrated. My father, noting my fatigue, made a comment about life being a negative thing (I won’t quote him since he likes to use “colorful metaphors.” Without a moment’s thought, I corrected him. “No, Dad, I have a good life. I’m just tired.” He actually thanked me for correcting him, most likely a first time event.

My dad and I live at almost exact opposite ends of the spectrum. He has retired and so can spend almost his entire day doing what he wants to do. He is financially secure. If he wants something, he buys it He has so many belongings that he has to rent a storage unit to house them all. He had a successful career and has a long list of accomplishments. Any yet, he’s not happy

For the first time in a long time, I felt grateful for my full life. I realized that my life was full of things God knew would make me happy, not the things I thought would. Where I in charge I probably would have chosen a life similar to my father’s. I’m glad I’m not in charge.

“Trust in the Lord,” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1995/10/trust-in-the-lord?lang=eng