Elysha's World

Elysha's World

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

She Glows in the Dark

I work in Human Resources. I help people all day long. I help people get jobs; I help do the paper work when they no longer work with us, and a lot of things in between. Today the director came into our office and asked us some questions about how to help someone get a job. He said he knew a girl that was trying to get a job in our office, but she wasn’t sure of the application processes. He said some nice things about her and then he said, “She glows in the dark.” 

That could seem like a weird thing to say out of context. He was talking about what a spiritual giant she was. I’ve never heard that saying before, but I really liked it. I’ve been thinking about it all day. I’ve heard numerous stories of people who in essence “glowed” because of the life they were living. They were just really good people and it showed. 

I believe this is a real thing. I’ve known a few people who have a glow about them. I just want to be around them. I feel like it’s also a little contagious. It’s like when you’re outside and it’s dark. If you see a light you’re going to try to get to that light. Then when you find the light, you feel safe and want to bring others to the light for warmth and safety.

There is a talk that comes to mind that was given by Whitney L. Clayton in the April 2015 LDS General Conference. He talks about a little girl who lost her family in a plane crash, and how she walked towards a light in the wilderness darkness in order to survive. Here's the link to that talk: Choose to Believe

At certain points in my life people have told me that I look different, or rather that I look happy and healthy. They can tell that things are going well and right in my life. After I heard the director talk about this girl “glowing in the dark” today, I decided to see if my life was aligned to the things I should be doing. Could someone say that about me? It definitely helped me put some things in perspective, and made me want to turn off the Netflix, get off the couch, and go do something more worthwhile with my life. 

I decided this was a good start.

 I'm going to change Gandhi's words a little bit and say, "Be the light you wish to see in the world."

I heard this song yesterday and loved it. When we make the choice to change and turn around, there will always be someone there waiting for us. 


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sometimes People Are More Important

“When you find yourselves a little gloomy, look around you and find somebody that is in a worse plight than yourself; go to him and find out what the trouble is, then try to remove it with the wisdom which the Lord bestows upon you; and the first thing you know, your gloom is gone, you feel light, the Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and everything seems illuminated.” –Lorenzo Snow

I love this quote. I was reminded again this week that many people have things going on in their lives that we can't see. I am including myself as one of those people. Life never seems to be just how we would like it. I ask the same question over and over again expecting a different answer. I think one day I will get a different answer, but for now patience seems to be the only answer I get. I feel like I’m kind of at a standstill.  

While at work this past week I had a lot of opportunities to walk around and talk to a lot of different people that I work with. I like that a lot more than staying in a windowless room sitting behind a computer screen. I like to walk around and mostly I just love talking to people. I don’t know if it’s the sunshine, vacations, or holidays that are coming up, but people seem to want to chat and catch up a lot more. Once again, I am one of those people, however when I have a problem or question on my mind, I seem to ignore everyone around me and just try to focus on that thing. 

On Friday I was picking up some papers in another office and noticed that the papers were not filled out correctly. Instead of calling this particular person, I decided I’d check and see if he was at his desk. Luckily he was, but I noticed that there really weren’t a lot of people around. I gave him the papers and had him make a few changes to them. I took them back and turned to go and then stopped for a moment. I realized I was being all business and not very personal, so I turned back around and asked him how he was doing. He could tell I was being sincere and so he decided to give me a sincere answer. He was struggling. He started telling me about his wife and his kids, about his home, about his work situation, and how he didn’t know what to do about his next phase in life.
I was really caught off guard. I was having those same issues, but after talking to him I realized that they were on a much smaller scale, and really not that important. We are coworkers, and I could tell he just really needed someone to talk to. So I gave a few suggestions of things that had helped me, but then I realized I was doing to him, what people always do to me. They try to fix the situation. They find it awkward, and are sad that you are hurting, so they try to fix things for you. Most of the time I don’t want things fixed, I want a friend and a listening ear. So I finally told myself to be quiet and just listen. 

There were a few people around, and I was surprised he was being so candid and open. After what felt like 15 minutes he said, “Thanks for listening.” I said, “Thanks for talking to me, you put a lot of things in perspective for me. I guess my problems aren’t that big. I’ll pray for you.” Then I went back to my desk and did some paperwork. 

This situation reminded me of a few times on my mission when I quite frankly was being selfish. My companion or those around me were hurting and I had no idea. I was mad at them, or had a lot on my mind and didn’t care how they were doing. Then in a quiet moment the words would come to my mind, “Sometimes people are more important.” That was it. It was a quiet, fleeting thought, and then it would pass. Those 5 words taught me more than I ever could have imagined. 

We have a lot to do in a day. It’s hard to be bothered by other people’s lives, especially when there is nothing we can do to help them. However, when we remember that those people are someone else’s father, mother, or child, it helps us realize what is important. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Some Sunday Musing

A window is a mirror
That has two faces
Where you stand
Depends where your place is

A reflection of person
A story passing by
A fleeting instant
Then a sudden goodbye

Life’s like that window
The sun shining bright
Heaven is a reflection
In your sight

With a closer look
Hands cupped to pane
Truth is revealed
You can see both ways

Most work
Is done inside
It goes unnoticed
As you walk by

The Man in charge
The Man Upstairs
Runs this business,
Hears your prayers

He looks out
At His campus
Seeing us all
As His canvas

We forget
About His charm
About His help
His reaching arm

We walk by
All others too
Don’t see His work
Don’t see His view

We just see
What we put in
An outfit check
A sheepish grin

But those within
They see you too
With the understanding
Of Heavens view

Elysha 5-31-15