22 January 2012

Happy Sunday: Learning Lessons the Hard Way

Welp, it snowed fo' realz.  High time.  The state with the "Greatest Snow on Earth" is finally living up to it's name.  Joyful skiers, boarders, snowman-builders, and towing companies abound!  This video was taken yesterday, up in Bountiful.  Had I a front porch with a view of this sort of entertainment, I would want for nothing.

I realize it is twisted, but this video gives me inexplicable joy!  I've watched it 3 times now and each time, I swear, it gets more hilarious!  'Tis sad that I get such pleasure from watching cars crash.  It's no wonder that I love demolition derbies so much.  Like, seriously.  Probably in the top 5 things I miss about living in Northern Idaho.  

Well with that segue into this week's Happy Sunday message...

Why do we LOOOOVE to learn things the hard way?  We totally do.  It's a pride thing.  In reality, our lives could be so much easier if we'd learn lessons from those who have gone before us.  Really people, we ought to learn from their mistakes than foolishly believe that we can somehow turn out better than the trailblazers who already tested the waters, figured out it's not worth drinking, and duly warned us.  But, like each car coming down that road of death, we tend not to heed the warning, or notice the signs of impending danger.  One would think that a mass of cars in ditches, in yards, and in the wrong lane would be adequate warning that, oh hey, this road is super slippery--slow down NOW.

As tempting as it may be and as humble as you are not feeling, don't do it.  Don't go down that road.  You know it yields nothing but pain, misery, disappointment, and increased insurance rates.  In the Book of Mormon, Nephi prays for resistance against aforesaid temptation.  His humility is particularly noteworthy.
May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I may walk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in the plain road!  (2 Nephi 4:32)
Happy Sunday, e'erbody.  Stick to the plain road.
With love,

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