by • katherine

His silent movie

And the sound was gone. He watched the black and white film on mute. It spoke more to him that way. The more the movie played, the more he felt like his words and thoughts found volume. The heroine burned all her books. The sound of the flames rippling sat outside his ear.

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I’m Right, You’re Wrong, no no no, You’re Right, I’m Wrong.

So, this post is definitely written in arrears, as this happened quite awhile ago, but I finally get to blog about it!  I love Sundays!  Albeit, super busy, restful nonetheless 🙂

There’s actually two things that were at the forefront of my mind that I wanted to blog about, but I’ll go with this one first.

So, at work I was doing my thing, going through excel sheets and trying to make sense of the schedules provided by the client.  You know, doing the “accountant-thing,” when I stumbled upon a mistake.  It seemed like one of the numbers they had claimed to be right, were wrong.  So, I kept on reviewing it, double checking to see if I missed anything, or if I had made a mistake.  Nope!  Clearly there was a mistake.  I turned to my senior, and said, “this schedule was prepared wrong!  It should have been THIS number because of xyz.”

Senior: Hmm are you sure?

Me: Yes, I’m positive, because I did exactly what they told me to do to get the number.  I did a-b-c and got d-e-f, and it’s wrong because of x-y-z.

Senior: Ok, well maybe you should talk to them about it, because most of the time when we think they’re wrong, we’re actually the ones who are wrong because we don’t understand the full process.  So you may want to go and talk to them and try to get an understanding before you call it wrong.  And sometimes they are wrong, but it’s better that they realize it themselves, so if you go and talk to them about how you were trying to get it – they’ll see they made a mistake.

Conclusion: Auditing is skill that teaches you eternal principles.  No, just kidding, but really!

Anyway, I thought it was interesting that you can take what my senior said and apply it into our regular relationships.  It reminded me of the book The Peacegiver by James L. Ferrell.  The book talks about (or at least what I got out of it) how when it comes to tough relationships, instead of expecting the other person to change, we allow the atonement to change ourselves.  And so I just thought that this experience applies the same concept.  A lot of the time when we think the other person’s in the wrong, it’s when we need to step back, evaluate ourselves, recognize our own weaknesses and then communicate.

Ok, so for those of you who were wondering WHO WAS WRONG… Haha, this is how it went down.  So we had a conference call to talk about the schedule, and it so happens that we were both right and wrong.  She realized her minor error in calculation and I realized my lack of understanding the schedule.  She explained how I was really supposed to get to the right number, and we fixed the calculation, and bwing!  We got it to work.

What a picture perfect ending, and a good lesson learned.  We’ll always learn that both parties have something to work on 🙂

Happy Sunday!

TRAVEL TUNES!

So, since I’m going to be traveling quite a bit within the next few months, I decided to make it fun by choosing an official trip song for the city I’m going to.  For example, if I go to Boston, there’s Boston by Augustana.

I’m going to Fort Worth next week (I know it’s not really a “trip”) and I’ve yet to pick a song.  Any suggestions?!

JK Rowling: The Fringe Benefits of Failure

What to say about failure?  It happens.  And I am quite familiar with it.  It’s part of life, it’s part of being imperfect, living in an imperfect world, and depending on imperfect people.  But thankfully, we can learn from our own failures and the failure of others. 

Failure is good, when it happens.  It’s just another growing opportunity.  If you don’t believe me, I know you’ll believe JK Rowling –

Oh, and here’s another article on failure if that’s not enough for you.  It’s about how our inability to accept and move on from failure affects our current employment situation.

http://www.bnet.com/blog/evil-hr-lady/why-failure-is-the-secret-of-your-success/2843?promo=713&tag=nl.e713

Anyway, cheers to picking ourselves back up after falling down.

COMING SOON: TRAVEL TUNES 🙂

Not all things in life are easy peasy

So this week and last, Cherry and I have been working on art projects, because she absolutely loves art and we needed something to do while Chloe was at gymnastics.  It’s really inspiring to watch her spend countless hours painting or making little sculptures.  Last week, we bought a cardboard house and she spent the entire day painting the outside and inside, after all, a house does have to have furniture.

Yesterday, we took a whack at painting on canvases.  She chose to make her own rendition of The Blossom Years, by Jin Rwei.  We were sketching the flowers onto the canvas when I noticed that she had stopped, and hung her head.  “What’s wrong?” I asked.

“It doesn’t look good.”  Big tears rolled down her cheeks.  I carried her away from the art table and she buried her big head in my shoulder and wouldn’t look at me.  We had the talk about working hard and having patience to become successful at what we do.  Chloe spends at least 3 hours, 4 days a week at gymnastics – no wonder she does well!  Anyway, the talk progressed into “I don’t want to do this flower anymore” and “I want to switch paintings with you” (We were painting the same flower).  Then we had the no-giving-up talk, which didn’t really change things.

I let her be and came back 5 minutes later to see her back at the art table sniffling and sketching.  Oh, how many of us probably identify with that moment.  Fighting back the tears to endure and accomplish our task.  Ok – so I made it sound really cheesy, but really, it is bittersweet and triumphant.  We finished our sketches and filled them with color.  It was so much fun and by the end of it, she loved her painting and was very proud of it.  Cherry is my hero.

Anyway, I wanted to share that because 1.) it was such a good reminder to me about how I should be always working hard 2.) you can learn so much from children and 3.) learning to work hard is beautiful.  Number 2 reminds me of the talk Become as Little Children by Jean A. Stevens.

“If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth …

This important truth was evidenced some years ago as a member of the Seventy was on assignment in Hong Kong. He visited a very humble ward that was struggling in many ways, unable to provide for its own needs. As the bishop described their situation, the General Authority felt the impression to have the members pay their tithing. The bishop, knowing their dire circumstances, was concerned about how he could carry out that counsel. He thought about it and decided he would approach some of the most faith-filled members of his ward and ask them to pay their tithing. The next Sunday he went to the Primary. He taught the children about the Lord’s law of tithing and asked if they would be willing to pay tithing on the money they earned. The children said they would. And they did.

The bishop later went to the adults in the ward and shared with them that for the past six months their faithful children had been paying tithing. He asked them if they would be willing to follow the example of these children and do the same. The people were so touched by the sacrifices the children were willing to make that they did what was necessary to pay their tithing. And the windows of heaven were opened. With the example of these faithful children, a ward grew in obedience and in testimony.”

Anyway, yes, thank goodness not everything in life is easy peasy.  Here are some pictures from our art adventures 🙂

Cherry under her table, hiding from the camera.

The roof to her house..

Ahhh got caught!

Candid, hard at work!

The finished product 🙂

The Blossom Years, by Jin Rwei

Ether 12:27

27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

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2011, I know you’re not going to give me a break. Bring it.

Dallas: Fair Park

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope everyone got to see their fair share of fireworks.

So today Lacy, Aaron and me went to Fair Park to go see the Museum of Nature & Science and the Children’s Aquarium. They had free admission for the science museum and admission to the aquarium was half off. And how were the museums? I give it a 3.5 out of 10. The facilities were quite small and the selection of exhibits was limited. There have been advertisements all over the city about their Chinasaurs exhibit which wasn’t even open – that was a big disappointment. And the biggest animal we saw at the aquarium was probably 4 feet tall.

Overall, they lacked variety and the quality of their exhibits was just unimpressive. I give it a 3 for just being there and a .5 for giving them the benefit of the doubt that I would have liked it more if it wasn’t so crowded. Dallas, you can do a better job.

So I guess it’s safe to say that we got a “fair price” for going to Fair Park today.