Elysha's World

Elysha's World

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Candy Bomber, David Archuleta, Meet The Mormons

This song came on my Brooke Fraser Pandora station last week, and I really liked it! I love finding new artist and new music. Apparently it's also in the movie "October Baby."

I read something that I found very interesting today. It’s from the book “An Open Door” by Richard L. Evans. It said:

“What everyone-or anyone-else is doing may be right or may be wrong-but the number involved does not make good of an evil act. The number of those who cheat does not make dishonesty honest. (It) is not good to follow a bad example, no matter how many others do. 

On this point of dividing responsibility by multiplying the participants, Kipling gave us this terse, unforgettable sentence: ‘The sin they do by two and two they must pay for one by one.’ 

We all have influence with others, and anyone who does what he shouldn’t do makes it easier for others to do what they shouldn’t do. And instead of following others in a wrong direction we ought to lead them in a right direction.”

I got chills when I read this the first time. I’ve been told my whole life that when we do something good, it makes it easier for others to follow us. This shows that the same is true when we do something wrong. It reminds me of another very popular quote by Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”1 

I love the idea found in this quote. The first time I heard it was while participating in the play “Godspell” while in high school. It was in the very opening act and I’ve loved it ever since. I think it has a lot of truth to it. I think it really is our light that frightens us. 

I was talking to my roommate about this a few days ago. She was talking about how she knows what she should be doing in life, but it’s really hard to listen to that inner voice because it’s so scary. I totally agreed with her. I think we all feel this way to a certain degree. Even in writing this blog I’m scared out of my mind sometimes. Why? Because my favorite game to play is the “what if” game. This game used frighten me to the point of paralysis. I would not do things, just in case something awful happened. Then I read a really interesting book. I can’t remember which book it was, it very possibly was “Who Moved My Cheese.” I was afraid of leaving my little world. Then my mom said something pretty profound. At least it was to my high school aged mined. I was playing this game and then she said, “What if you walk out of the door, trip, hit your head on the cement and die. Life is too short to always worry all of the time."

 She was right. So I started making fun of my fears, and surprisingly, they started to go away. I’d think, “What if I wear this outfit to school, and someone makes fun of me, and I walk around alone all day, and everyone is embarrassed by me and no one will talk to me.” Then if I really wanted to wear that outfit, I’d put in on and say to myself. “What if I walk into my history class and everyone spontaneously combusts after seeing this outfit.” Or “What if I walk into my PE class and my teacher is so impressed by what I’m wearing, that she instantly gives me an A+ and tells me I never have to dress for PE again.” 

These are all things that definitely never happened, but after saying this to myself enough times, I stopped worrying about it, and just kind of felt comfortable enough with myself to start doing things that I enjoyed doing. I wrote this poem at the beginning of the year, and it has a lot of “what if’s” in it.

What is my destiny?
Where is my path?
I find it’s confusing,
A little like math. 

My friends have all left me,
The game has been won.
The stadium’s empty,
I’m here in the sun.

On top of the bleachers,
Up high near the top.
I would have kept going,
But I needed to stop.

Here’s where I come,
To think and to ponder.
I open my mind,
And I let it wonder.

I’m not really afraid,
I’m worried about strength.
I’m worried about distance,
The weight, and the length. 

I’m worried about leaving
This bubble, my home,
Here I feel power,
I’m never alone.

Far away,
Is scary, at best,
If someone will lead me,
Then I’ll do the rest.

What if I don’t remember?
What if I forget?
What if I freeze,
While I’m standing on set?

What if they hate me?
What if they don’t?
What if they love me,
And I just can’t cope?

I might go crazy,
Or pshyco, or worse.
All of that just for,
A coin in their purse.

Help me believe,
Help me be strong.
When will this start?
I hope it won’t be long.
1/26/14 Elysha

On a completely different note, I went and saw “Meet the Mormons” this past week. I really enjoyed it! I got a little emotional at a few parts, but never actually cried, however, the guys with me weren’t as lucky. It was an uplifting informative movie/ documentary about a few families that are Mormons. All proceeds from this movie are going to the Red Cross. 

I think one of the reasons I started thinking about my life’s plan and destinies, and things like that, is because of the portion of the movie about “The Candy Bomber.” He was flying airplanes during World War II, and he saw a group of kids standing by a fence. He walked over to them and started talking to them. They thanked him for what he was doing, and told him not to give up on them. He gave them the two sticks of gum in his pocket, and they shared the gum and gave the wrappers to the children who didn’t get any gum. They smelled it and cherished just having the wrapper. “The Candy Bomber” saw this, and got an idea to start dropping this candy rations to the children by the fence. He would wiggle the wings of his plane every time he approached that specific fence, and that way the children new to prepare for a candy drop.
It was such an inspiring story. He saw a need, he fulfilled it, and brought happiness to so many people, with just a simple thing he decided to do. There are so many simple easy things that we can do each day to uplift people.

I love this song sung by David Archuleta. It’s also simple, but I’ve listened to it at least 15 times while writing this post. It brought me joy, and I’m sure he’ll never have any idea how much this one song has meant to me. I’d also like to give a shout out to Stephanie Smith Mabey. She wrote the lyrics to this song. I knew her music a long time ago before she was married. I have her CD at home, but I can’t think of any of her songs that I really liked. I’ll have to look it up next time I go home. Needless to say, she’s awesome! 
 If you like this song you can get a free download of it at http://meetthemormons.com. I did!

Update: This movie is now free to watch on Youtube in quite a few different languages. Check it out!


 Works Cited:
1.       A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles", Ch. 7, Section 3 (1992), p. 190.

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