Thursday, June 30, 2011


I think it is amazing that there is always a price to be paid, a sacrifice for happiness. Take our emotions for example. The companion and the contradiction to pain, suffering, war, loneliness, and forgotten loves are pleasure, happiness, peace, love, and fond memories. There is literally nothing in the middle. "Let me ask you something. Why are you alive? You exist to continue your existence. What's the point? To feel. 'Cause you've never done it, you can never know it. But it's as vital as breath. And without it, without love, without anger, without sorrow, breath is just a clock... ticking." The interesting thing about it is that an event can cause such a variety of emotions based on our perspective and the situation itself. Death of a loved one versus the death of a tyrant. Life and love are connected and intertwined on every level. Every situation is different and it is the perspective we take that helps us choose how we respond. The feelings that come as you love a stranger are a different kind of love than when you love your best friend, but it is love still the same.

The point I am trying to stress is that we can't always choose our circumstance but we have control over our emotions. We choose to feel. We choose the heartache and the love. It is ours to have and ours to choose. "The first thing you learn about emotion is that it has its price. A complete paradox. But without restraint, without control, emotion is chaos. The difference is being that when we want to feel, we can." Maybe that is why it is called falling in love. You lose all control and your emotions run away with you. You can't stop thinking about them day and night. You do things out of the norm. You have that bounce in your step and smile in your face. It takes control and when it finally settles... well, I hope that you find yourself waking up to see her beautiful face asleep in your arms. And as you sleep the day away, you close your eyes only hoping that she follows you back into your dreams. It is something that you can only hope you will never wake from or if you do that you can find it again just as fast. You are like choosing whether to stay inside with a warm blanket and a movie or to just go out and drive until you leave the city behind so you can see the stars. There is no wrong answer but still I am so conflicted, as I sit here waiting with my phone in hand trying to figure out what is the next step. There are so many questions that I want you to answer but I will leave them unsaid. Unsaid until I can't hold it in any longer and I burst and say everything that is in my heart. Why does restraint feel like being in reverse when it is just supposed to help me keep this all under control? I guess this is what it is meant by Hard Goodbyes...

"The clock strikes one
And you're still running in circles in my mind
And it's the best things have ever been
The best things have ever been

"The clock strikes two
And I'm still falling for you
And with every tick of the tock that's on the clock
I'm longing for you

"So I'll curse the ceiling
'Cause it's the only thing that's keeping me from lying under the stars
And I'll curse the distance between you and me
'Cause if it weren't for it you'd be here in my arms

"I wish that you were here to guide
My weary head to rest
Because every word I sing without you
Is a waste of my breath
Hold me up don't let me down
Just stay with me tonight
Whisper in my ear I love you
So sweet dreams sleep tight

"And I head for the door but you stop me short
Because it's getting harder to say goodbye
Lean in where our lips can meet
And please don't let me go
Just hold me here with you tonight

"And you count the beats
Of my rapidly beating heart
And I feel so alive
Wrapped up here in your arms
And you count the breaths
As I drift off to sleep
And I feel so in love
Knowing you have fallen in love with me
Knowing you have fallen in love with me
Knowing you have fallen in love with me

"So I'll curse the ceiling
'Cause it's the only thing that's keeping me from lying under the stars
And I'll curse the distance between you and me
'Cause if it weren't for it you'd be here in my arms"

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Update

There are a couple of things that I really want to do this summer:
  • I want to eat lobster on the coast
  • See a performance of the outdoor theater at Prescott Park
  • Go on a date to Mel's in Litchfield
  • Learn a couple more songs on my guitar
  • Spend a night at the drive-in
  • Finish reading the Book of Mormon
  • Go weekly to the temple if at all possible
  • Check out all the Young Single Adult wards in the area to find new friends (and to be able to say that I have)
  • Spend a day in Boston and visit the Aquarium or Science Museum
  • Just relax and have some fun
And if some summer lovin' happens as well... well, I wouldn't mind. It has been a while.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Never Get Enough

"I honestly can't think of anything that would make me more happy than holding you in my arms for the rest of life and watching you fall asleep."

I found this single sentence in my portfolio of old posts. This one sentence was the entirety of my thoughts at that moment. What is truly sad is that I never published it and whoever it was, I can't remember any more, may not have known that I even had feelings for her or that I even existed. All I ask is that if you see someone whether you know them or not, at the very least, THE VERY LEAST, please just smile. Sometimes that can be the encouragement someone needs to open up and put themselves out there. If the hardest fight we will ever face is with ourselves, then just imagine for a moment the conflict someone has to feel to hold back expressing any amount of love to another human being. I know because I have been there... the words unsaid, the embraces not given, the calls unmade and unanswered. If there is one thing in the world in which too little is given freely and which we can never get enough, it is simply love. So please, never hold back on something so precious as love because many times it is in giving it that we really feel it and begin to understand it for ourselves.

Finding Answers

I try to avoid being super preachy or talking directly about my religion on this blog, but if I am going to talk about my passions then it is unavoidable. These last few weeks I have been really trying to focus on building up my relationship with my Heavenly Father and strengthening my spirit. Taking weekly trips to the temple in support of my friend who is preparing for his mission, reading the scriptures every day with the help of a scheduled study site, and just trying to work through rebuilding my prayers. My life here is but a brief moment in time, not only in the history of the earth but in the eternal nature of my soul. If there is one thing from that perspective that I need to remember is how vital it is to feed my spirit and to help it grow.

I have a testimony of the gospel. That has never changed. It continues to grow though it does have its peaks and its valleys, I can say that I never have doubted that the one thing constant in my life is my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No matter what my perspective and standing in that relationship is, He is ever present. It is my knowledge of this unchanging love that I have never had the flame of my testimony been extinguished.

I know that God loves me. I know that He has provided for me a way to find happiness and answers to all of life's questions. He has given me the prophets of old and His chosen servants in this modern dispensation. He has given me the Spirit. If I am true and faithful to my covenants, I am happy and whole. I have now a personal testimony of the promise of the Book of Mormon that whosoever reads and abides by the precepts taught in that book, it will bring you nearer to God than by any other means. It has rebuilt my desire to be who I need to be. It gives me hope for the future: my family, my life, and the love and service that I can share for eternity. There is not a person in the world who has committed serious sin that didn't begin first by losing the habit of personal daily scripture study and meaningful prayer. There is no other way that we can grow closer to the Spirit and hear, recognize, and learn to follow the voice of the Lord. Revelation and the Book of Mormon are the key to heaven and finding the answers to the soul.

I know this to be true with every fiber of my being. I know that God lives, loves, and listens to His children throughout the world and that His plan can help any person no matter their station in life. I know the power of the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that the reality of His life and His resurrection. God has called prophets once again in our day and I pray that we will do everything in our power to hearken to their counsel as they hearken to the counsel of the Father. I pray that I might be lead through these tools that God has made available to me that one day I might blessed to lead my future family in truth and that I may return and be welcomed back into His presence with open arms. I can't even begin to describe the amount of joy it brings, that happiest of reunions with all of my loved ones, but I can say that the very thought of it brings me to tears. I pray that we may all remember and we may do what our hearts and our heads direct us to do and that we may have the strength to persevere. My heart goes out to you and my love is with you. I hope you find the answers you are looking for.