This week as I studied we learned the importance of gratitude. In a talk by President Thomas. S. Monson called, “An Attitude of Gratitude” I found several favorite quotes.
“Accentuate the positive eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with Mr. In-between.”
For me this means that we need to pick a side. I envision a ladder we are either climbing that ladder or moving down the ladder, we should never just stay put. Progress is essential if we want to be happy in life. By showing gratitude we accentuate the positive and move ourselves in a positive direction.
“If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.”
Understanding that ingratitude is a sin is a new idea for me. I think it would fall under the sins of omission. We have to be active in our eternal progression. Showing gratitude is an verb, we have to speak up and say it often, and we have to show it by our actions. Accepting callings, forgiving, saying thank you, and paying it forward are all great ways to show gratitude. Understanding that ingratitude is a sin great motivator moving forward.
This idea of action came up in a discussion board through another student. He shared another quote I really enjoyed. John F. Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
This quote supports what President Monson taught.
President Monson outlined six things he is grateful for, and I think they apply to most of us.
1. Mothers (God could not be everywhere and so he gave us Mothers”
2. Fathers (sacrifice his own comfort for that of his children, never complaining, ever concerned for the well-being of his family.)
3. Teachers (shape the expectations and ambitions of pupils; the teacher also influences their attitudes toward their future and themselves… self-confidence will grow, their capabilities will develop, and their future will be assured. “
Acts 20:35 “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
4. Friends “True friends put up with our idiosyncrasies.”
Country “John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
6. Jesus Christ ~ answer questions where did we come from, why are we here, where does my spirit go when I die?” Taught us how to pray, how to live and how to die. Legacy of love through healing the sick, lifted the downtrodden, saved the sinner.” Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
This week we also watched a few videos.
The first was by Ted Zoller who teaches that the pathways young people take that lead to them becoming entrepreneurs happens when they take a C-suite position in a larger enterprise and then step into entrepreneurial ventures later in a career. This gives them the knowledge and training needed at a larger corporation’s expense. I have seen this with some of my friends. They were laid off, or decided to leave to start their own consulting companies. It has less risk, because the learning curve happens on someone else s dime.
The second video was by Stan Christensen a Stanford instructor and a partner at Arbor Advisors, he outlines a few of the erroneous career assumptions that land people in an ill-fitting career. He says, “Don't take a job simply to build your resume; follow your passions, rather than guessing what an employer will want. The fun should outweigh the drudgery - even in entry-level positions.” He also advises that we remain general in our abilities not specializing, thus making us more flexible in the work field. Specialization will become irrelevant, and take advantage of opportunities when they come up.