It’s difficult to choose of all Pres. Uchtdorf’s messages to share as a Mother’s Day thought, but this particular address emphasizes the inherent self-worth of all women, mothers or not, and so it’s well-worth sharing. My wish to all the women in my life this day is that they know they are loved, appreciated, and valued, especially by our loving Father in Heaven.
“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” —Michael J. Fox
Maybe it is because I spent so much time today reading the heartbreaking comments so many people have posted on Single Dad Laughing, that I feel so compelled to post today. The button on the bottom right will send you to Dan’s amazing post, ‘The Disease Called Perfection’, a serious delve into the anguish caused by the pressure people put on themselves and upon others to appear as the media’s contorted perception of beautiful, behave pleasantly, never feel lost or uncertain, never make mistakes, never feel anger, never doubt, never sin, never fail to meet the expectations of others or mold yourself into their misconception of you. As Dan so poignantly points out, lives have been lost—lives of children—because a person feels encompassed in darkness, trapped in their horrible situations, and there is no hope of that ever-changing.
They feel they have betrayed God or God has betrayed them, or they have disappointed their families or shamed them or angered them or whatever overwhelming despair overcomes them, and they take their own lives because they see it as their only means of escape. Because of the despair of imperfection in a society that demands it. Continue reading →