Isn't it a great world that we live in. And this is the reason that I get to talk about a lot of things that I have learned so far. We live in a very different world than I remember when I was growing up. Now all my friends and me have our own different lives. But as I am now a little bit older, and have seen the world in a very very different way. I have been helping and teaching people who honestly want to change, and I get to tell them that it is possible.
Of course as I do this I get to see the changes in my life, and the possibilities that I have in life. I can not know really on a mission what to do with life. But I have recently started to see my own potential, what I can do when I get home, how I can continue to help and teach people. I am not sure if all my plans will work out, but I realized how totally amazing the world can and should be, and how awful we people can let it get. No I am not talking about the crazy hippy things that I love to believe about peace, and love. But of the real truth of the world. The Honest power that people have in our own hands to change our situation. All we honestly need is desire. You can never change anything unless you want to. We all have that choice to trust something other than ourselves. It sometimes is hard, but its the first step. I would like to share my favorite poem...
desiderata - by max ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Love, Elder Alex Rivera