I read a very uplifting talk from the Spring 2007 Ensign by Elder L. Tom Perry yesterday that inspired me to try and be a little better each day in all I do.
He shared a story about his son, and how this son loved the high jump competition in track. This young man set up a makeshift standard and barin the basement, with the couch as his landing pad. Elder Perry knew that the furniture wouldn't take too much bouncing so he took his son to a sporting goods store and bought him the equipment he needed to set up a standard in the back yard. His son practiced for hours each day, trying one popular method and then another in an attempt to get good. One night after returning home from work Elder Perry asked his son how high the bar was set. "5 feet 8 inches", was the reply. "Why that height?" Elder Perry asked. It was the qualifying height for the state track meet. Asked how he was doing the son replied, "I make it over every time." Elder Perry suggested his son move the bar up and the son protested that he might miss. Elder Perry queried, "If you don't raise the bar, how will you ever know your potential?" So his son tried, and kept on trying higher and higher jumps as he got better. He learned to not be content with just clearing the minimum standard. What a great father, and a greater story. Here is a dad who wasn't afraid to teach his son to reach for higher ground. So how will I impliment this story into my life? Perhaps striving to be better at saying my prayers, get going on getting that garden in, and learning more about organic gardening, and small space gardening. Thinking about alternatives to running to the store for an ingredient, and being even more resourceful in using what is on hand. Practicing sketching every day, so that I can improve not only technique, but gain confidence. There's so many ways to use this story. How would you apply this to your life?