A couple weeks ago we had a relief society lesson on self sufficiency and learning to love to work and I can’t stop thinking about it. We discussed this quote by President Hinckley:

“I believe in the gospel of work. There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements.”

It’s all too easy to look at the lives of those who don’t seem to be working much — people who appear to always to traveling, going out to lunch, and relaxing — because hey, that sounds really nice! Who wouldn’t want that life?

Ultimately though, the satisfaction we get from completing a difficult task or tackling a huge project is, in my opinion, greater than the feeling of permanent vacation. There’s a time and a place for some serious relaxation, and that reward feels even better when we know we’ve earned it!

I love the part of that quote that says work is what makes idle visions become dynamic achievements. No matter what stage of life we’re in, whether we’re high school seniors, young adults, young moms, or not-so-young moms, we can still accomplish incredible things in each phase of life. My life these last few years has been full of interesting endeavors, like working as a news anchor and reporter, working in a nuclear plant, starting a videography company, having a baby, learning how to do eyelash extensions, and renovating a house. Most of those are very unrelated to each other, but as I’ve followed my curiosities to different things that interest me, I’ve learned that I don’t need to put myself in a box — I can learn to do anything, even if it means starting from the bottom. The key is old-fashioned work!

So don’t be afraid to tackle those big projects or learn to do something that seems a bit random, in end it will make you more well rounded and help you learn to appreciate the thing that helps our “idle visions become dynamic achievements” — work!

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