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Gratitude to Happiness

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Never knew I could learn so much from a story about cut bread. Ever since Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf's story given in General Conference, I've been thinking about the principle it taught:

"There is an old story of a waiter who asked a customer whether he had enjoyed the meal. The guest replied that everything was fine, but it would have been better if they had served more bread. The next day, when the man returned, the waiter doubled the amount of bread, giving him four slices instead of two, but still the man was not happy. The next day, the waiter doubled the bread again, without success.
"On the fourth day, the waiter was really determined to make the man happy. And so he took a nine-foot-long loaf of bread, cut it in half, and with a smile, served that to the customer. The waiter could scarcely wait for the man’s reaction.

"After the meal, the man looked up and said, “Good as always. But I see you’re back to giving only two slices of bread.”


How much of life do we waste away, simply because we can't be satisfied with what we do have. I've come to realize that I'll never be happy with life, if I can't be happy with it now. 



Being happy is a choice. President Uchtdorf taught, it starts with gratitude: "We can choose to be grateful, no matter what. Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I’m suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances—whatever they may be."

As I've begun to take this perspective on life, I've come to realize how much I have to be grateful for.......even if those things seem small or insignificant. They're blessings. They're from Him. And they are meant to ease the struggles of life and brighten my day.

His hand is in our lives, and His purpose is to make us ultimately happy. If we let Him, He'll show us the innumerable blessings we've been given and that are to be found all around us. 

What are you grateful for?
 


 





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