Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Single Appreciation Day

Today has definitely been a good day. Trying to get in my "journal" entry before homework and then watching American Idol tonight! First week of Hollywood! Fantastic isn't it?

(sudden change) I have the lucky opportunity to have seminary 4th period every other day. I count this as a blessing in my life because it's something that I get to look forward to all the time! Not many people get that feeling of being excited for seminary. Brother Huff is an amazing teacher and the environment is always so fun and spiritual. We definitely have a good time in that class. Today we were talking about how the Lord blesses us in so many ways and how He always has his hands held out to those that need it, we just have to grasp on. All we have to do is believe and have faith that He will help us and He will!

In Alma 19:35-36 it says:  
35 And it came to pass that there were many that did abelieve in their words; and as many as did believe were baptized; and they became a righteous people, and they did establish a church among them.

36 And thus the work of the Lord did commence among the Lamanites; thus the Lord did begin to pour out his aSpirit upon them; and we see that his arm is extended to ball people who will repent and believe on his name. 
So it's pretty much self explanatory.

The best part about today's lesson is that I've realized that I can see His hand in my life every single day that I can remember. He does it through people, friends, family; what we usually don't realize is that it's Him all along and most people fail to see that. 

Since I'm a quote lover, I'm gonna start adding quotes to this thing every time I hear a good one! It's a good thing and this is my Valentine's quote for the year:

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!  ~Thomas Hood
What I love about this quote and NOT about Valentine's Day is that every day we should be telling the people that we love, that we love them. It's something that we shouldn't wait for a specific time and place to tell somebody. It's one of those things that sometimes NEEDS to be heard whether you're in the mood or not because usually when you get the inspiration to say it, it needs to be said. Even just in friendships, you should always tell your friends how much you appreciate them and how they have blessed your life. I know I do. I wish I could do it a bit more often because I know it always makes me feel special when someone that I'm really close to, tells me that they appreciate and really do need me around. I'm very grateful for that gift that I have to express love for people close to me. AND to add to that, you're not just grateful for somebody's love on that one specific day with all the hearts and pink chocolates and red roses. You're thankful for the love and happiness all the time. (and if not...well,  you've got issues) It's something that we, as human beings, thrive on. We can't survive without knowing that we are loved and needed and wanted by others. So tell somebody that you love them all the time, not just when the pink and red hearts are being flown around by cupid (another stupid symbol: I mean, seriously? A baby with just a diaper on and wings, flying around shooting darts at people? Come on people...!)

Another thing that I have against Valentine's Day is that it shares with SAD (aka: Single's Awareness Day). People who don't have a boy/girlfriend (which I hate both of those words) go around moping that they don't have anybody to love and they're basically sapping around because they don't have somebody to hold hands with or cuddle (eww...). (I'm mainly talking about teenagers here. When you're in your, oh, say, mid-20s then I give you full credit to be sad because I would be too :( ) You have friends all around you to tell you that they love you and they care about you! Personally I would rather have a 20 people tell me how much they care about me, rather than one... Anyways, back on track: kids that are between the ages of 13-19 shouldn't be worried about a so-called "relationship". Now this may just be my religion kicking in here, but I don't know... I'm thankful to be single because I get to meet lots of new people (especially guys :) ) and not feel bad about making friends with somebody and then having somebody that I'm supposedly "with" feel bad because I'm a social person. It's like being trapped from the rest of the world except for one person. I mean, how boring is that? SO I have officially declared February 14th (starting this Sunday) as SAD: Single Appreciation Day. I am thankful to be single and free from that kind of bondage to a person. I mean, I've got really close guy friends, but I won't be tyin' any knots anytime soon so I don't see the purpose, ya know? Hmm... but why does it have to be "SAD". This also bothers me... Teenagers should be ECSTATIC to be single. Why is that so hard to believe? I wonder if we could make anything out of HAPPY or GLAD... Any ideas?

Definition of valentine:  a sweetheart chosen or greeted on this day.

Why have to choose one person to love? Why not have many??? If I had to choose one (and only one) person to love for the rest of my life... I wouldn't be able to decide. And love, as in you care about them and their well-being.

Boys, just a hint of advice, if you want to give me a flower, don't give it to me on a special day (e.g. Valentine's Day, my birthday, Christmas, etc.) I'll still be grateful, but if you really TRULY want brownie points you'll do it some other time when I'm having a bad day or you just want to appreciate me or something lovely like that. And if you do that, I'll also suspect some reading of my blog which is more additional brownie points. Man, this thing is like the key to my heart!

Well, anyways, Happy Single Appreciation Day to you all!


  1. Oh My Beloved Banana, I adore you. You're thoughts, and my thoughts, are exactly the same!!! I feel like you're my little prodigy, buuuut you're not haha! I'm so glad you have these thoughts, especially at the age you're at. If only children your age could think like you, the world would be a much less dramatic place. Thank you for sharing, I thoroughly enjoyed it :)

  2. GLAD: Give Love All Day!! :D

  3. Howdy, Crazy Head. Apparently my parents think like you do: we woke up this morning, and we each had a little present dealio with notes attached to them. Two reasons for these presents. 1)To tell us all that we are loved by someone, even if it's not a significant other, and 2)to let us know that it's not just Valentines Day that they love us. The world has changed the spirit of this holiday into something based on if you have a special someone. While I have no argument with people giving each other gifts, it would be far more appreciated if, like you said, it were given on a day not specially set aside to profess love. The Lord knows this better than anyone, because He rarely, if ever, gives us a bunch of blessings when we are just fine as we are. It has been my experience that when we are in the most need of comfort, He will then help us realize all of the blessings we have, and give us so many more. His arms are always open to us, but it's when we are going through hard times that He reaches for us the most.