Thursday, December 29, 2011

I Double Dare YOU to Become More





I love many things...

I love Garth (duh). I love my 5 children (double duh). I love to play the piano. I love to bike. I love to go to the movies (and after free popcorn was offered from Regal this summer...I love that too and unfortunately am now addicted). I love to shop for a bargain. I love to decorate my house. I love clothes. I love to travel. I love reading. I love my big family. I love helping others. 

The list could go on and on...

To be honest, I used to have the belief, if I wasn't "the best" at one specific thing, I was lacking some how.  If I wasn't the fastest runner (my brother), the smartest (my other brother), the funniest (and yet another brother), the best pianist/singer (sister)...and so on with pretty much "everything" or "anyone" that happened to surround me throughout life than gosh O' golly I wasn't good enough.

It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I realized how wrong I had been...and how talented I actually was...at most things. 

The difference was I wasn't actually the BEST at any one thing, I was Pretty Good at many things.  And you know what?  I LOVE THAT ABOUT ME. 

I am a pretty fast runner, quite smart (math is another story), actually pretty funny (I laugh at my own jokes all of the time), can play the piano quite well (and teach even better...have I mentioned I play the organ too). I am pretty good looking, not shabby in the style department, enjoy a good alto part, can follow a recipe to a T...

Someone will always be smarter, prettier, faster, skinnier, more spiritual...but it is about daring to become more.  The competition is NOT with your neighbor, it is with YOU.

So this year I double dare you to become more.


 And encourage those around you to do the same...

13 comments:

Anrad said...

Great post Heather! You are amazing!! Thanks for making me think about how I can become more. :)

Anrad said...

Great post, Heather! Thanks for helping me think about how I can become more! You are amazing!!

Queen Bee said...

I love that. You are really goodmat that friend thing.

shawni said...

SO true. And so beautifully said.

Dan,Lisa,Zeak,Jake,Kaci said...

you don't know me but I am going to take your dare and thank you for it! This is exactly how I feel and needed to here this. Here is to 2012

Jenn said...

Awesome post Heather! I think I'm your soul sister :) very similar... Thanks for the reminder-you're so right, its only about competing with myself. Thanks!

Wendy Winter said...

Thank you.....it is so so beautiful to find the good in others and healthy to find good in ourselves. great insight.....thank you thank you. Wendy Winter

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

Your sister posted the link to you blog on fb. LOVE your post. You and I must be kindred spirits. I'm pretty good at most things. Used to want to be great at something. I hated feeling mediocre. Now I look at it as being a diamond in the rough and I'm okay with that.

Marlee DiCristofano said...

Thanks Heather!!! If we aren't our own best cheerleaders, who will be? We have to acknowledge our personal progress and give ourselves mega-points for overcoming personal challenges. We can't unconditionally love others if we don't unconditionally love ourselves. Father in Heaven does not make mistakes and our Savior loves every one of us.

Marlee said...

Thank you, Heather!!! I worry that we aren't our own best cheerleaders. We are told to unconditionally love others but to do that we need to love ourselves. We can acknowledge our abilities and our personal progress as we overcome challenges and gain experience. We all have talents and God-given opportunities to enrich our own lives and the lives of others.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, Heather - I always thought you were pretty awesome growing up! :)

Anna Lommel (Armendariz)

Jennie said...

Thanks for this blog, I needed to hear something like this right now.

Natasha said...

The Spirit taught me this lesson years ago when I was listening to one of your sister's songs. Thanks for the reminder.