I used to wish to be an ostrich, who could hide my head in the sand and not notice what goes on around her. I wanted desperately not to see the bad and the ugly in the world. No matter how hard I tried, I always was forced to lift my eyes and see what I was surrounded by.
Trust me, I haven't always liked it either. There is so much ugliness in the world we live in. So many things that threaten our salvation and our sanity. So much wrong and so much evil. But, being forced to see has also shown me that there are many things good about the world we live in. There are amazing, loving people out there. There are people who stop to help pull my car out of the snow. There are people who pray for my children and grandchildren, even though they do not know them. There are people who follow promptings and show up when we least expect them, but really need them the most.
So, I take comfort is these words, and I know that, deep down, I really am good people. I love beauty in all its forms. I have courage and take risks for the ones that I love. I believe in telling the truth and in doing the best that I can. I also believe in the commandment to sacrifice. I am not perfect. I am so far from it that at times, I am very discouraged. But I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father. I may be vulnerable, but through Him, I will not be destroyed.