Sunday, September 25, 2011

Getting Motivated, Feeling Better

Doing more good.

I've been thinking about that a lot lately.  And making plans.  Big plans.  It's turning into something I'm super excited about.  Something that I hope hope hope will do good to others and better their lives, even if it's just in some small way.

But it takes courage to do it.  It means getting a little bit out of my comfort zone.  And I find myself in this constant flux between feeling really on top of the world and feeling really timid.  Growing.  Man, it's kind of an emotional roller coaster, you know?

And in the midst of my trying to do good, I found myself feeling kind of discouraged the other day.  Really for almost no reason at all.  And even though I kept plugging away at my little plans, I was definitely in the need of a pick-me-up.

It came in two ways.

First, I came across Disney's post about "greatness" and it totally hit home for me.  It's something I think every blogger who hopes to hit the big time someday should read.  Because the heart of her message is right on the button.

Second, it came last night as I was watching the General Relief Society broadcast.  All of the talks were good, but President Uchtdorf's talk (at the end) especially touched on what I've been going through lately.  And I couldn't help but feel motivated and comforted and encouraged at the same time.  You really can't watch it without receiving personal direction for your own life.  It was so much what I needed.

Especially the feeling I got from the Spirit that whispered, "You're doing so well.  Keep at it."  Because it's not really--ya know--very comfortable to be out of your comfort zone.  Sometimes you need a little pat on the back.  Sometimes you just feel too small to conquer all that's in store--bad or good.

I feel, in a lot of ways, like the little blue pom-pom.  Miniature in a giant-sized world.  But there is so much good I know I can do.  And I'm working on it.

I know that you're working on doing a lot of good too.  I hope you'll keep working at it.  I hope you'll keep reaching just outside your comfort zone.  (It's worth it.)  And I hope you'll take a short while to recharge your good-giving batteries and look at the links above.  They'll motivate you and make you feel better.
Just like they did for me.


Kendra said...

You're awesome Katie! I just finished writing a post about Uchtdorf's talk too! I loved it!

Whitney said...

I loved your post dear friend! That talk really resonated with me too (as did Disney's post actually). I was excited to put some of my thoughts on paper since. I totally understand feeling small. But I hope you know that the little things you do mean the world to me! Your little e-mails and encouraging comments mean more than you could know! I am so amazed by all the good that you do. I really look up to you. Thanks for being you!

Élune said...

This is so true. I like volunteering or doing fundraising for good causes like research in cancer or children hospitals, etc. for this very reason. I wish I had more time/ideas to help people in a totally unselfish way.

Sometimes, just being nice to someone can make their day (whether we are aware of it or not) so I try to be nice all the time, too. But I suppose we always wish we could do more to help people. Anyway, I wish you good luck in your "Doing more good" project! ^_^