by • katherine

Marco, Polo!

Whoa, binge blogging, two posts in one day, whoa there Katherine.  And no, this isn’t about the game you play in the pool.  It is about polo though.  🙂

A few weeks ago I went to Newport and watched my first polo match.  It was … a very peaceful kind of fun.  Everyone had their picnic blankets (and food) around the field.  The people next to us had really awesome food – clams, guacamole, and other really cool looking appetizers.  If you ever want to go on a picnic and enjoy some horses – polo is for you!  If you’re looking for a super intense sport to watch … ehhh maybe not polo.  Most of the people didn’t even seem they were that into the game, but more into the social aspect of it, and they seemed to have gone to multiple polo games and knew what was going on.  Anyway, that’s just my newbie assessment.  Try it for yourself 🙂  And for those of you posh yuppies looking for a networking event to host – I would recommend this.

Definitely plan on going again.  But next time, I’m bringing better food.

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Only Regrets, We Didn’t Bring a Camera! Everyone has a story…

Even more regrets – I started this post almost 3 weeks ago.  Let’s see if I can remember what I was going to write about.

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Melissa and I had an interesting day yesterday roaming about Boston.  We visited some burial grounds (Copps Hill and Kings Chapel), which surprisingly wasn’t as uncomfortable as I thought it would be.  These burial grounds were quite touristy.  They had sidewalks paved into them and had displays about some of the famous people of the time.

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Anyway, we went to the MFA afterwards and we got to look at the collections from the Ancient World and Asia.  I definitely have to say my favorites were the sculptures/statues of the Egyptian Pharaoh and his wife.  It was impressive to see at least a portrayal of a king and his wife together as equals (if I remember correctly).  I’m going there again this weekend, I’ll get some pics this time.

Lastly, we got to see Ben Zander lead the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra that evening.  They played Gustav Mahler’s 9th symphony, and before they played Zander talked about the symphony and about Mahler’s life of course, and how it was his expression of the hardship in his life.  He also told us a story that he heard on the news, about a Japanese doctor who lost her entire family in the recent earthquake and worked non-stop to help her cope and get on with life.  Zander referenced this story to illustrate that it was the same way with Mahler – that he just worked and worked to deal with life’s giant lemons.  Then, I thought of Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk from General Conference (Oct. 2010) that I referenced in my previous post – that when life gets tough we need to slow down, focus on the things that matter most, and not increase our speed.  But, we also know that work is a cure for heartache and etc. I’m not sure who said it, but it makes sense.  So, I guess it just depends on the time/circumstance – sometimes ya need to slow down and figure out what’s going on, and sometimes you just gotta occupy yourself with other things until you’re better again.

Anyhoo – I felt like I heard a lot of interesting life stories that day, or at least life stories that I wouldn’t normally hear/know about.  I hope I live a life that will always have an insightful story to tell.

Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

Brothers and sisters, it is contrary to the economy of heaven for the Lord to repeat to each of us individually what He has already revealed to us collectively. The scriptures contain the words of Christ. They are the voice of the Lord. Studying the scriptures trains us to hear the Lord’s voice. – Elder David M. McConkie

Christ is speaking to His disciples and missionaries.

Matthew 6: 25-34

25aTherefore I say unto you, Take no bthought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28And why take ye thought for raiment? aConsider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, ashall he not much moreclothe you, O ye of little bfaith?

31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father aknoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33aBut bseek ye first the ckingdom of God, and his drighteousness; and all these ethings shall be fadded unto you.

34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take athought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day isthe evil thereof.

3 Nephi 16: 25-34

25And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked upon the atwelve whom he had chosen, and said unto them: Remember the words which I have spoken. For behold, ye are they whom I have chosen to bminister unto this people. Therefore I say unto you, ctake no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than draiment?

26Behold the afowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the alilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin;

29And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these.

30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, even so will he clothe you, if ye are not of little faith.

31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33But aseek ye first the bkingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

34Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. aSufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.

D&C 84: 80-85

80And any man that shall go and preach this agospel of the kingdom, and fail not to continue bfaithful in all things, shall not be weary in mind, neither darkened, neither in body, limb, nor joint; and a chair of his head shall not fall to the ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither athirst.

81Therefore, take ye no athought for the morrow, for what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, or wherewithal ye shall be clothed.

82For, aconsider the blilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin; and the kingdoms of the world, in all their glory, are not arrayed like one of these.

83For your aFather, who is in heaven, bknoweth that you have need of all these things.

84Therefore, let the morrow take athought for the things of itself.

85Neither take ye thought beforehand awhat ye shall say; butbtreasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be cgiven you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.

At the time these messages were given, it may not have been repetitive, but to us, it is now, which causes us to think how important it is 🙂

On the search for inspiration

Sassy is best.  I like her.

This woman has magnified her call in life well 🙂

Great Migrations

So, I decided to let myself be human for a few days, no CPA studying until Monday.

“It’s remarkable how much we can learn about life by studying nature. For example, scientists can look at the rings of trees and make educated guesses about climate and growing conditions hundreds and even thousands of years ago. One of the things we learn from studying the growth of trees is that during seasons when conditions are ideal, trees grow at a normal rate. However, during seasons when growing conditions are not ideal, trees slow down their growth and devote their energy to the basic elements necessary for survival.

This is a simple but critical lesson to learn. It may seem logical when put in terms of trees or turbulence, but it’s surprising how easy it is to ignore this lesson when it comes to applying these principles in our own daily lives. When stress levels rise, when distress appears, when tragedy strikes, too often we attempt to keep up the same frantic pace or even accelerate, thinking somehow that the more rushed our pace, the better off we will be.

One of the characteristics of modern life seems to be that we are moving at an ever-increasing rate, regardless of turbulence or obstacles.” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Of Things that Matter Most

So sort of on par with how President Uchtdorf was saying that we can learn so much from nature – I was reading National Geographic and couldn’t help but absolutely love the article about animal migration and how it parallels our journey on this earth to return back to our heavenly home.

Animal migration is a phenomenon far grander and more patterned than animal movement.  It represents collective travel with long-deferred rewards.  It suggests premeditation and epic willfulness, codified as inherited instinct … They are prolonged movements that carry animals outside familiar habitats; they tend to be linear, not zigzaggy; they involve special behaviors of preparation (such as overfeeding) and arrival; they demand special allocations of energy.  And one more: Migrating animals maintain a fervid attentiveness to the greater mission, which keeps them undistracted by temptations and undeterred by challenges that would turn other animals side.

An arctic tern on its way from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska, for instance, will ignore a nice smelly herring offered from a bird-watcher’s boat in Monterey Bay. Local gulls will dive voraciously for such handouts, while the tern flies on. Why? “Animal migrants do not respond to sensory inputs from resources that would readily elicit responses in other circumstances,” is the dry, careful way Dingle describes it. In plainer words: These critters are hell-for-leather, flat-out just gonna get there.Another way, less scientific, would be to say that the arctic tern resists distraction because it is driven at that moment by an instinctive sense of something we humans find admirable: larger purpose.

The arctic tern senses that it can eat later. It can rest later. It can mate later. Right now its implacable focus is the journey; its undivided intent is arrival. Reaching some gravelly coastline in the Arctic, upon which other arctic terns have converged, will serve its larger purpose, as shaped by evolution: finding a place, a time, and a set of circumstances in which it can successfully hatch and rear offspring.” – David Quammen

And on another note – Alma 30:44

44But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of aall these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the bearth, and call things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its dmotion, yea, and also all theeplanets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.

All things testify of Christ and denote that God exists.  Through our learning process and the things we witness in life, we see the pattern of God.  Per this example, of course, many differences between humans and animals exist and one being our ability to choose.  And because animals are programmed to be the way that they are, we able to observe their patterns and apply them to our lives.  Imagine if we moved linearly towards our goal, and didn’t yield to temptations because we are driven by our larger purpose.  That’s what makes some people so admirable.

For a wise and glorious purpose
Thou hast placed me here on earth
And withheld the recollection
Of my former friends and birth;
Yet ofttimes a secret something
Whispered, “You’re a stranger here,”
And I felt that I had wandered
From a more exalted sphere.

O My Father, Eliza R. Snow

Cheers to great migrations.

”Rather than beginning with a wish list of all the things you want in life, the real question may be what you are not willing to do without. You should select two or three of life’s experiences that you are absolutely sure you want to have; these important things you should not leave to chance. Then you should think about what you can contribute to society by way of service to the Church, home, and community. You also need to think of what life will demand from you. Everything has its price. Much is expected of us.” – President James E. Faust

James E. Faust, “A Message to My Granddaughters: Becoming “Great Women””, Ensign, Sept. 1986, 16

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3: 5-6