We are in California for the weekend, and so, of course, we spent all day yesterday at Disneyland (it is kind of a second religion for Spencer's family). I have always loved Disneyland, in fact, I've always called it the second happiest place on earth (after the temple of course). Anyway, I was thinking about all the great times I've had at Disneyland and I realized that I have learned many life lessons from there. So, I decided that I will post some of them over the next few weeks. These will be listed randomly in no order of importance.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Lesson #1 I can do it!
Several years ago, when she was six, I took my niece Taylor to Disneyland and we went on the canoe ride around Tom Sawyer island. I don't know if you have ever been on the canoe ride, but it isn't one of those rides that is on rails like the other d-land rides. You actually have to paddle the canoe with a group of other people, and it is actually quite a workout. So as we begin paddling, I look over at Taylor and see that she is very focused on the task, and seems to be whispering something softly to her self. I lean over a bit and hear her earnestly whispering "You can do it, you can do it, you can do it," over and over again.
I think it is appropriate that she said these words while in the Magic Kingdom because Disneyland itself came to be because a man told himself that he could do it, even when others said he was crazy.
Since then I have often used those words for myself when trying to overcome an illness, figure out a difficult problem or endure an bad day. "You can do it, you can do it, you can do it," I will whisper earnestly. It may seem silly, but those words give me the emotional boost I need to endure and to keep trying.
The truth is, I can do it. No matter what trial Heavenly Father decides to throw my way, I can make it through, I can succeed and I can prosper.
P.S. If the Temple is the first happiest place, and Disneyland is the second, can anyone guess what I think the third happiest place is?
Posted by Tammy at 1:01 PM