Today was actually a really great day. Never mind the fact that I was stuck in my home until 4:00 this afternoon, but hey, I was really friendly with Shae.
I do have a good excuse for being part hermit today!
I have been distracted by these little babies below.
Yes, I sew aprons. There I said it!! The cat is out of the bag!
I had to sew 2 aprons because I owed one for participating in the Skinny Service and the other one I am donating to auction off at the YW Spaghetti Dinner and Auction. Girls camp will not be cheap this year and they need all the money they can get.
Alright, Focus!! Back to the challenge! Tonight was Ward temple night!
We pulled into the temple grounds and I exclaimed to Brian that I always love seeing the temple. A sudden peace came over me. For some reason the challenge was going to be easy tonight.
We were late and we shoveled in Chicken Enchiladas from the cafeteria down stairs and ran upstairs to change our clothes to make the 6:00 session. I was thanking and smiling to all the people in my path.
Last month, Brian and I were alone for Ward temple night, however this month there were 4 couples and Brother D were there representing the ward.
For me, it has always been easy to be myself in the temple. I am calm, at peace! I am at home there. Plus, everyone is Super Duper nice and it is hard not to catch on to that vibe.
I had no idea who the women I was sitting in between were but I smiled and tried to be as polite as ever a silent woman could be. I tried to smile at everyone I could, even a man in dark glasses.
When I walked up to my ward friends in the Celestial room, I was over taken by a love that was a little overwhelming. For a brief moment, I saw these wonderful people through loving eyes that were not my own and that was much deeper than I can comprehend. All I wanted to do was hug them.
And so I did! I think I startled one woman, but oh well!
And that is the beauty of the temple. Where love is abundant, everyone is kind and happy. We understand the bigger picture in life and somehow for a brief moment, our insecurities dissipate and all that matters is that we work hard and help each other in our journeys.
There are many moments in my life when I can look at someone and I see the spirit child of a loving Heavenly Father, and all I can think is that I love them. This happens with the YW every time. I see them how God sees them and it is so easy to love them. Because they are slices of apple pie! ;)
I guess the lesson to learn today is that I should try to keep seeing people how God sees them, and that makes it all the more easier to talk to them. This is brilliant!! I love it! To look at someone and only see their positive qualities makes all the fear go away. To find the light in their eyes and realize that they are loved and I should stop and see why He loves them, then that is all the more reason to love them too!
I am very blessed for this epiphany! Now the challenge will be to keep seeing and loving people even when they don't really want to love me back. Hmmmm....