I had a lot swimming around in my noggin today and really wanted to just clear it out so I put Peter in his little harness and set out for a walk. About halfway through I turned on the Mormon Channel and listened to a talk by Jeffrey R. Holland, titled "The Laborers in the Vineyard".
I don't know why this happens, because it happens almost every time I need it, but this talk was exactly what I needed to hear. Here are a few of my favorite excerpts...
The formula of faith is to hold on, work on, see it through, and let the distress of earlier hours—real or imagined—fall away in the abundance of the final reward. Don’t dwell on old issues or grievances—not toward yourself nor your neighbor nor even, I might add, toward this true and living Church. The majesty of your life, of your neighbor’s life, and of the gospel of Jesus Christ will be made manifest at the last day, even if such majesty is not always recognized by everyone in the early going. So don’t hyperventilate about something that happened at 9:00 in the morning when the grace of God is trying to reward you at 6:00 in the evening—whatever your labor arrangements have been through the day....
So if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time.
Here's a conversation Clinton and I just had...
He: This morning I went to pull out of the driveway and there were pile-ons all over the place. They were taking up the whole road.
Me: Pile-on? What's a pile-on?
He: You know, those orange conical things they put around construction sites.
Me: You mean, cones?
He: Yah, they're called pile-ons. Look it up P-Y-L-O-N-S. It's a real word.
Turns out the word does exist, but who they heck calls them pylons? Isn't 'cone' much easier? Ha ha!