Monday, October 31, 2011

Laughter Cures Anything

Happy Halloween! Well my lil'nephews went to truck-o-treat this past weekend. We didn't go overboard on the sugar this year. But they were super cute. Baby K was elmo & Rocc was a firefighter. Pictures will be up soon. So I had the opportunity to be a part of a DH Fireside in my old stake last night. Provo best stake ever!
Afterwards was the main highlight for me.

Mainly because of those folks. My DH sistahs & Ma'ake Roberts aka crackhead.We spent the night laughing, sharing stories, more laughing and ain't no gathering complete without grub. right?lol 
DH stands for Divine Heritage Choir.
It started back in 2000 to bring souls
unto Christ.

I started in 2001 and did so because
I love music & sharing my testimony.
I've been involved with the choir off & on
for as long as it's been around. And I am so grateful for each member. Depsite the ups & downs & the occassional, I wanna check this member or that member with one fa'po.lol This group as truly been a strength and support to me.
And I will always love them for their indivdual contribution. In building my character as well as my testimony. And laughter when surrounded with these people I call family.
Truly is always a cure to any
circumstance.

Friday, October 28, 2011

I am Grateful

1. I'm grateful  that I can breathe on my own.
2. I'm grateful for my family. That they provide for me what I couldn't otherwise.
3.I'm grateful for my Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that they send to protect,direct & guide me.
4.I'm grateful for my nieces & nephews
5.I'm grateful for Oprah's Life Class reminders.
6. I'm grateful for my Divine Heritage Choir members that visit me.
7.I'm grateful that Emma Taufui will be returning from her mission at the end of Nov. 29,2011
8.I'm grateful that my grandma Aimiti Afo is celebrating her 90th birthday in Samoa.
9.I'm grateful that my parents love me so much.
10.I'm grateful for inspiring bloggers. Funaki Times you always have me hanging at the end of my seat. Did she update yet! lol You too bernie http://laiegrl.blogspot.com/
I love you for making me feel real with your comments. At least I know one of my sisters is paying attention to my blogs.lol #1 laiegurl fo'sho..








11. Our beautiful sister right ^^^^there
Teena Galeai Fa'amaligi.
I am very grateful for, though
she's been gone from us for many years.
I'm thankful for her because when
ever I am angry. Her memory resurfaces
with an echo of what she told me once. 
Encouragement on the issue of family and if I ever find myself hurt by any member.
"Ova the only thing that matters is that you love them because they are family."
And after a week like this past one.
Teena's counsel couldn't come any
sooner as my saving grace.
Love you Teena

12. Last but not least I'm grateful &
thankful for new beginnings.
Keep on Smiling everyone
Happy Halloween :)
My definition of forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different. - Oprah

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Know Yo'Role!

So tomorrow night will be my first activity with my "Beehive Young Women." I'm not really nervous, because I've been in this calling before. Except it was as "Mia Maid Advisor". The next age group following "Beehive's" in the young women's program. And though I'm not nervous about tomorrow. I really miss my "Lehi Fa'taha" young women (Part 2 Reminiscing over my Lehi Dayz ). Whom were my first set of yw's back in 2009. So I've been struggling with that going into this new calling. Because I want to love these new yw just as much as I did in Lehi.
Because with these new girls & trying to be best prepared in how to serve them. I know they deserve my best. Plus feeling like I did when I got called to being in F.H.E turned Co-chairman w/my old SLC 2nd Ward. Which by the way, they look like their having too much fun without me.lol
 And that's a great thing because I know their growing stronger. Taking on the yw's again I just hope to impact them in a positive way. Which will be noted in future blogs lol.
 So anyway Sunday, a midsingle adult sister gave a great talk. About her transition from ysa life into a family ward wasn't easy. Especially since she wasn't married & her rollercoaster ride of returning back to the Lord wasn't easy at all either.
 She felt as if she was losing her spiritual identity because she was so involved
in the young single adult life then BOOM
she "aged out" of the ward.
 And it was just what I needed to hear.
She talked about not wishing for roles that haven't yet arrived.
Point being, don't wish or want what you don't have yet. But appreciate what you do have. For so long I've been that person that's wished for marriage, wished for my own kids & my own family. Damaging the blessings that were and are available to me today.
The roles of being a complete daughter,
sister and auntie for my family.
Her talk lead to more great counsel from my leaders. Bishop motivating me to be diligent in being here for my yw but more importantly for my family. Then my stake president when asked "Why do you think that we have so many single mid-single adults?" My quick addition to the question. "I blame the men,it's their fault."lol
He then said another question would be
 "Why are there so many inactive midsingles?" He went onto say as ysa's get older they get more set in their ways. When they don't get the blessings they feel their entitled or on their time table. That's where it all begins, becoming inactive in church & inactive in living their covenants.
And some yw men just don't want the responsiblities that comes with marriage. They don't mind the benefits of having a girlfriend & what some girls will allow them to get away with but until their confronted. Their fine with living a non-commital lifestyle. 
And his reply to my statement earlier was and your right! It's the men's fault.lol
We laughed but he counseled don't give up & keep the eternal perspective. Especially when things don't seem fair. Keeping the eternal perspective proves character, the refiner's fire and that we are stronger than we see ourselves.
 And at the end everything will work out for my good & all the why's won't matter.
 I really appreciated all these sources of Sunday strength. And how it's kept me in check this week. I just need to work on my flipping out on people. When it comes to things I can't control.
 Today could've ended out to be a horrible day. But thank heavens I kept the eternal perspective, dad will be here in the morning and I was able to get over myself.
I love my family!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

When You Know Better, You Do Better

Brief breakdown on this past week in one word, would have to be "Productive." Learned lots and spent alot of time with family. And of course taking in a daily dose of "Oprah's Life Class." Here are some of my class highlights from this past week;
Take responsiblity for your life, aging beautifully and how joy rising can make great impacts. I've come to a greater understanding of self-purpose, self-reflection and self-acceptance. And when you can come to an awakening of what that means to you. Your eyes are more focused on what you have & being grateful for every blessing
Rather than focusing
 on what you  don't have &seeing blessings as just trials.
When in actuality they are blessings.
 I can testify living with a perspective of greater gratitude in your heart.
All aspects of life become a canvas
of higher education to a whole new world. And like Oprah quoted from Maya Angelou.
"When you know better, you do better." 
Hope you read my post I got from one of my
ysa friends-Lee Langi (If tomorrow never comes) especially if your having issues with your boo thang.  Have a great weekend & keep the "lovely outlook" in mind.
Here's Joy Rising when in the service
of your fellowmen & women in your life.
Will you find someone to serve & bring
joy to today?

Stevie Wonder's Big Surprise
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If tomorrow never comes

Married or not… you should read this.
Marriage. “When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why? I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn’t talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn’t love her anymore. I just pitied her! With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company. She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now. The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn’t have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane. When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again. In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn’t want anything from me, but needed a month’s notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month’s time and she didn’t want to disrupt him with our broken marriage. This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day. She requested that every day for the month’s duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request. I told Jane about my wife’s divorce conditions. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully. My wife and I hadn’t had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don’t tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office. On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn’t looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her. On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me. On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn’t tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger. She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily. Suddenly it hit me… she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head. Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it’s time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day. But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn’t noticed that our life lacked intimacy. I drove to office…. jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind…I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore. She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won’t divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn’t value the details of our lives, not because we didn’t love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart. Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away. At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I’ll carry you out every morning until death do us apart. That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed - dead. My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push through with the divorce.— At least, in the eyes of our son—- I’m a loving husband…. The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse’s friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage! If you don’t share this, nothing will happen to you.If you do, you just might save a marriage. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” I saw this on the internet.. I thought I would share this on tumblr to my followers and randoms. (Source: nathanpersuasion) By: Islamic Reflections.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fear Factor

It's been a week of doctor appointments for King Tui. Who took his baclofen shots today, like a true champ. Which helps relax his muscles. The doctors were surprised that he wasn't making a big fuss and that he  was actually singing during the procedure. I admire tui's strength. Especially since he's overcome so much with his medical condition.
I can't wait for the day he'll get to speak. So he can really tell us. What he's felt about the family over all these years. I'm sure he'll have alot of words for us.lol  Anyway he was good today. :)

I just got back from the grocery store about 15 minutes ago . While in the check stand line. I got caught in the middle of a cashier's conversation weigh. On the subject manner of kids & the raising of them. A woman in her early 20's blurts out, "Man I'm glad I'm not a mom, I'm not even ready to have kids."  
While her  co-worker quickly replied back, "Well it's not that bad actually, being a mom." YW's defense: "It's not that bad!? Til they grow up, back talk you, become a drug dealer and doesn't do what they are suppose to, NO THANKS not for me!" I was caught off guard & so was this older lady. We looked at each other and gave a smile as to say "Oh this girl has lots to learn."  And we all went our separate ways. 
On my way out the door. I was still in shell shock over what the young woman had bluntly stated. And I thought "Wow! Really this is the view of young people on motherhood."  It scared me for a few minutes. Listing in my head all of my reasons, of why I'm grateful that I'm not a mother right now.
 To instantly follow a better list. One that formed in my heart with envy :) .
 Over people who have kids & are expecting to have kids
 And At the top of my list thinking 
"Man their blessed to have kids cause they have little mini me's they can educate, dress up, talk to, plan for & marvel over." 
And then came  another realization.
Even though I have yet to experience baring my own children. I to am still blessed and that my time is coming. Even when teased; "Uh Ova your biological clock is ticking, get at it have some kids."
I  still know and have a firm testimony.
 I will have kids. My Heavenly Father has confirmed it. And just like marriage no matter my age. I will one day have a worthy husband and beautiful healthy kids.
(Where ever you are,
you are the one for me)
Just as long as I keep trucking. Making sure my faith doesn't dwindle into disbelief while waiting. Wouldn't want to adapt, the attitude of that young woman in the grocery store 
on motherhood. Though her fears are very valid with the crazy world we live in, faith has to edure over any fear factors.
Or no one would be getting married
not to mention having beautiful children.
 I found the following story online to go with our theme here. And wanted to share what
 real love looks like through this couple's story.
 Click on the link (Hand In Hand ) may we all
work towards these types of relationships with our destined eternal love.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Got Kava?

What the heck is kava? Is that some kind of milk? Since the title ask "Got Kava?" Well my friends it's not milk.Wikipedia's definition can be found here >> (Kava Is..) a detailed
description of kava. Among different polynesian cultures kava is prepared in a variety of ways.  Kava (called 'ava)in Samoa, sole purpose serves as  a beverage,
Consumed at all important gatherings and (SamoaAvaCermony).
So why am I blogging about this drink?
Well I'm not going to become a tribal chief anytime soon. lol sorry :( Nor am I looking for any kava customers to purchase this product. But what I want to do is educate you on "my opinion" of kava. Why I feel this drink shouldn't be consumed. Just like I expressed on how I feel about
 (f-bombs hmmm.).
Well this is my outlook on kava and how it affects me. Here in Salt Lake City this beverage is so popular. People have kava clubs, they sell it in grocery stores, over websites and drink kava anywhere they can get it. What was once a traditional ceremonial drink to celebrate the
beautiful polynesian culture. Has now become a house hold name for polynesians as well as for non-polynesians alike. That have now opt to abuse the beauty in this tradition and taint the meaning of fai kava. Individuals that have allowed their addiction to lead them from one poor choice to another. Planting thoughts that eventually turn into actions by young adults. Who choose to have premarital sex or sex like acts. 
Intoxicated kava drinkers who will degrade women in how they address or speak to these females. Usually dressed up in a joke or flattery in order to charm these women.
Women that are either drinking in the circle. Or others that are referred to as  Toua's. 
One choosen woman during these mixes, that is given the responsiblity to serve the kava. Which can and has led many people, to commit the most unthinkable choices made known to man. When an individual decides to cheat on their spouse by attending these kava mixes. Because of the affect that kava has on their mind & bodies has taken full control.  Some of the very reasons why a percentage of church leaders of the Lds faith. That have participated in these kava mixes have lost out.  Have loss their callings, temple recommends and families by choosing kava over their reponsibilities.  And those are extreme examples of why, I don't agree with drinking kava.
And yet on the flipside I have also witnessed the less threatening side of kava mixes. Why people aren't against the idea. Because for them it's just sitting in a circle. Listening to people jam out through song, sharing stories of the good times shared and relaxing with hilarious company. I get it! And understand how easy it can be. Getting lured into these not so extreme mixes.
But here is the problem whether your of an  lds  faith or not. Your mixes may start off innocent at first but as time passes. It has a high potential of becoming an extreme mix. 
Even if it doesn't get as extreme, as in losing a spouse to adultry. It still provides that temptation. When your at a mix, your unattend spouse could cheat on you. Even if your the most faithful fai kava drinker in the world. While away have you considered that or the following.
 What if something happens to your spouse or children? Someone attacks your spouse, a wife or child getting raped or worse of all someone kills your family.
Because you weren't there to protect them, let alone protect your marriage. 
All because you placed your addiction over them. It always happens to those who arrogantly hold the notion. "Ahh that wouldn't happen to me." Then when it does, tears of regret and anguish grows. And then what? Kava drink your misery away for a unwise choice? Food for thought :)
So because certain members of my family and friends love drinking kava and I don't. 
 I wanted to document how this trend
has caused my perspective to revolve
full circle. And to make it clear of where I stand on this issue of kava. To dispell any confusion that may be lurking around.
 A couple years ago, one of my sisterfren's
called to catch up. I happen to ask where she was hanging out. And she replied "Oh I'm at a mix." I flipped out & demanded that she leave. In total panic attack mode,wishing I could reach through the phone. Just to pull her away from that mix. I was crazed because I didn't want her to get addicted.I just didn't feel that was a place for anyone.

Well fast forward to the present year 2011 and a week before General Conference.
Another one of my sisterfrens came to visit me here in SLC. It had been at least 2 months since we last saw each other. Well she goes "Oh I'm going to so and so's house and we're probably going to mix." I had missed her as well as  the rest of our sisterfrens so much. That I didn't want to end our bonding night. So I had decided to attend this mix.
And then another one the following Saturday.
The night before Sunday Morning General Conference.
*SHOCKING*
For sure for some of you reading. That I'd be at a mix. Two mixes in one week for that matter. But maybe its not so surprising for the rest of you. Because well, you don't know me and how I've felt about this topic. :) 
Which is totally irrelevant right now.
 The moral of the story is "free agency".
How do we use it wisely? unwisely? or how we don't use it at all. Because some where in people's minds. They have allowed others to choose for them. Will I go? or will I stay in a job? Will I date so and so? Or pass them up for someone else? And in this case will I fai kava? Or will I choose for me, to stop. Not quit! But completely STOP fai kavaing. 
 And people have foolishly allowed life choices like these to be decided by others. Their mother,father, siblings,friends, so called friends. etc and so on and so forth. When in reality we should be making those critical decisions on our own, for ourselves and no one else.
Because it makes a big difference of where those choices lead you.
Even if it means your choice leads you to stand alone. Because it's not a crowd pleaser type of choice. It's always smarter to act rather than to allow others to act for YOU!! Assuming you were blessed
with your own brain, right?
 So as I was bonding with these family members and friends. I'd have to say initially it felt uncomfortable. Because they know how I feel about kava mixes. And I knew they were feeling judged. Not only because of my choice to pass on drinking. The biggest point I wanted to put across.Was that I loved them despite their choices. Because bottom line their my family. I really don't know what might've been running through their minds & hearts. But here are a couple of reactions from that night.
"Hmmm Ova now don't judge me."(repeated for hrs)
"Ova it's ok, it's not that bad right?"
"Your not going to die,
now you can come over every weekend
even if you don't mix."
"O' I'm probably going to have a
couple of cups, just to let you know."
"Because so and so is going to mix
I'm going to mix."
That last comment prompted me to ask my sisterfren "Why would you mix just because of that person?"
My motivate wasn't to make them feel guilty or attack their will power. But I wanted them to open their eyes.To see they were giving others permission to strip them from their agency.  Giving into peer pressure.
Her reply was " I don't know, I just want to."
It made me sad because I never ever want, anyone I meet or love. To  ever feel they can't be themselves around me. But I do want them to remember. They can always be better. It's never to late too be more of who God sees & knows who they are to become.
Blogging about it now. Reminds me that people want to be accepted, they want to be around people their comfortable with no matter the cost.Whether it keeps them from their salvation or not. People will do what they want at the end. Because life trials will weigh them down from living steadfast. And sometimes giving up or being relax about living standards is easier to do. Instead of fighting the good fight and keeping the course. Because people get tired of being
misjudged and not accepted for their choices.
So they live below their potential. This doesn't just go for kava drinkers. It has to be said for all of us. We all at one point in our lives will live below our potential. Because when we don't feel right, we don't do right. Sometimes provoked by ourselves being to hard on ourselves. And at other times provoked because others aren't living the golden rule towards us. How are you being less judgemental and more accepting?
Or are you shameless individuals
casting stones at people for their choices?
Who are you pulling down?
 Who are you lifting up?
 I pray we overcome our own personal addictions & unrighteous judgements.
That your aware of your worth & take charge of the change you are seeking. One step at time. Towards getting stronger spiritually. Asking yourselves; Have you lifted someone up today? Challenging all of us to look up to God, ask for help and get with God's Program.  Not kava or anything else tripping you up in life. If you can conceive that you can overcome an
addiction and work with the Lord.
There's no doubt that he will get you through it all. Got Heavenly Father?
Well you can because (YouMatter!)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Why Your Prayers Matter

We go about our lives
everyday always wanting more.
 More money,
more love and at times more power.
Power over what we allow to rule over us.
  And what actually does rule us and causes us to choose what we do on a daily basis.
 Some of these choices gives us joy from time to time. 
And on other occassions
some choices cause us misery.
 But what I'm coming to realize, is in it all.
All we really want out of life is
 more  peace of mind.
It's my privilege and honor to post these photos of my love one Fano Galeai. 
The same Fano I've begged
 for prior to this  post.
 That each of you would please 
donate money or pray for
during this difficult time.
As he endures his suffering each day.
 And I just want you to
see through these images. 
Of why we still need your help.
 But also to witness what
your prayers have meant.
 Which have been instrumental 
in getting him through this far.
 My heart is full &
my faith is strengthen
of just how much
 Heavenly Father loves us all.
Especially Fano & the example
Fano's been during this whole experience
while he's recovering.
That we could further
encourage you all to please
research Fano's story and help where you can. (PlsClickHere ) Your donations matter! especially if your reading this and you might foolishly think & feel that it doesn't.
I'd like to stress to each 
of you  that it does matter..
 Read up on this talk and know that we're all battling something. (“So Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence” - Jeffrey R. Holland)
 Please choose to be an answer to that person's prayer.
By serving as much as possible.
(This guy & his Laie Boi sign) lol
 Cause you never know when you might be in their shoes. Life's unpredictable like that & God truly works in mysterious ways.

F-Bombs?Hmmm


What is an f-bomb? It's  an English word that is generally considered obscene which, in its most literal meaning, refers to the act of sexual intercourse. By extension it may be used to negatively characterize anything that can be dismissed, disdained, defiled, or destroyed.
I do my best not to swear
because of the principles of the gospel
of Jesus Christ that I choose to live.
But that doesn't mean that I haven't
ever used or said this word. In the height
of my anger or when I was in the youth.
And I bring it up today because I want
to know your opinion.
How does foul language affect you?
What would you do if you heard an f-bomb in church? school? or in the work place? Would you laugh? get annonyed? try to be understanding? or would you misjudge the person or persons for their language & ignore them forever. I'd have to say where I am now in my life. I have been guilty of all of the above. But I am happy to report that I've matured since my days of prejudgement & thoughtless reactions of when I haven't agreed with someones language.
I feel especially grateful for people that have taught me that misjudging others isn't right. Whether it's the language they use, opinions they have or what they believe. If we treat people as the individuals they could be.
 They will become just that &  will be more motivated, to live up to their highest potential..
Because as members of the church
and as human beings in general.
We've taken or should take the stand,
 of being less self-righteous and more self-conscious of becoming our brother's keeper.
Not self-appointing unlawful
 judges to our brothers. 
 Which isn't our position in the first place..


That very scripture should be our motto.
Never to be overlooked, by anyone who is striving to become a  better person.
Not to be better to stand above others.
But becoming a better person for yourself.
Because the real competition should
never be a race against your brother.
But a marathon ran against yourself
in order to be freed.
 Freed from arrogance, jealousy and envy.
That's the point of living a happier life.
If you live opposite of that & compare
your weakness against someone's strength.
You will never be satisfied and will eventually cause self-destruction. Just don't do it!
Know your self-worth, not just others :)
Today was a great Sabbath day & the wheather was perfect. Clear skies & cool air to make for a sunny day. Had an insighful talk with my new bishop. Bishop Vielstich of the Southgate Ward who help easy my concerns. And I'm happy to report after being in the ward for a month and almost two weeks. I've been extended a call to be a "Beehive Advisor" in the young women. I'm especially excited about it because it's exactly what I was hoping for & getting to teach again is just what I need. Hope they enjoy having my escort baby Kengike joining us. Cause knowing him he won't be willing to stay in nursery without me.. Until he gets into primary
come January 2012 & he'll be all grown up.
Today in the words of Ice Cube "Was a Good Day".. lol

Friday, October 14, 2011

Changing Lives Improving Life

I woke up a little annonyed for no reason but  ended the day out on a high note. Got King Tui fed & comfortable to chill at home. Stayed off the net as much as I could. Like I've said before in prior postings. I'm a little addicted and so it was nice to get my cleaning done early. Today I got good news that another set of my friends are engaged. And it's funny cause these two are totally meant for each other.  Their story is something out of a romantic comedy. I like to think that God has blessed me with the spirit of discernment. Meaning knowing something will happen before it happens. *No I'm not a Ms. Cleo or psychic*lol
I just like to believe I can tell when a couple is going to hook up. And when it came to these two that was the case. :)Not bragging just saying..lol And couldn't be any happier for them. Cheewhoo for eternal progression!

 

To top off this peaceful friday. We were grace with company by all three of my siblings. And it felt good to have everyone home for no special reason. But because everyone happened to come together. The boys (Aisea,Rocky & Roy) getting their bonding in, talking story over whatever. Which prompted a last mintue boys night out. Then Mom, Uila, King Tui & I watching "Blue Bloods" one of my favorite shows. And of course the kids running round like "little crazies". Just missed dad & our extended brothers damein, vice & anthony. Nonetheless it felt good to have family in the house. Especially since everyone has been raising their own families. 
 It showed me how much I miss having my younger siblings around, all together.
Instead of one or two missing at a time.
Giving me a glimpse of what I've
been missing out of over the years.
 Just wish we could've made
it out to Jr. Mailei's benefit concert.
Next year I plan not to miss it for sure..

Oprah's Life Class Premier Week ended today. So if you've been slacking, I'm telling you folks, your missing out. Here's a breakdown of what I learned.
In my own words combined with her wisdom.

  • Monday- Know your "true self" and get over your "ego self" so you can live your best life.
  • Tuesday- Anger let it go.. If you haven't forgiven whoever for whatever you need to today. To set yourself free from this deadly sickness called Anger. Not for the offender but for you the offended. Forgiveness is always the answer.

  • Wednesday- Secrets will eat you alive if you don't fess up and let go.. This episode focused on people that are gay and how they had to live a double life out of fear. This reminded me life shouldn't ever be lived out of fear.
     And that secrets aren't worth keeping
    if it's going to kill you as a person.
     Goes back to who's expectations are you serving.
     God or man? if it's man your doomed. Don't keep secrets!
    Thrusday-Becoming what you believe was the class topic. What Oprah had to say made perfect sense.
     "You don't become what you want or get what you want." But if you work hard, have faith as small as  a mustard seed and if it's God's plan for you to get what you want. Than you will gain it. But most often you get what  you need.. Not so much what you always want. Which might just be exactly what you wanted from the start. 
    But you hadn't  realiz it at the moment. Don't sell yourselves out for others. Dream big and believe in youself.
      I loved this class broadcast. 
    Friday- Then today was "Joy Rising" sighting moments when she paid it forward. Giving back to those who dreamnt big & didn't have the resources to accomplish their dreams. Giving to a single mother of 9 kids and a aspiring actor who couldn't catch a break.  
The entire week I've had so many "Ah-huh" thoughts on what I've learned. But the biggest lesson for a week overview has to be the following.
"Truth taught, lived and regained no matter what mistakes or detours made in life, are very possible to attain, relive and revisit
to take claim of the best life for someone that wants to make a real change."
 I love Oprah's Life Class! 
 Check it out ClickHereO'sClass you will be moved to change, I'm sure.