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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lessons in Life :: Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor came and spoke recently at the University of Utah. My sister runs the Presidential Ambassadors so she was able to get us tickets. It was incredible! It was even better because I just finished her book My Beloved World. She is such an inspiring woman.

She started off with a poem To You (here are just a few excerpts):

Whoever you are, I fear you are walking 

the walks of dreams,
I fear those realities are to melt from under your 
feet and hands;
Even now, your features, joys, speech, house, 
trade, manners, troubles, follies, costume, 
crimes, dissipate away from you,
Your true soul and body appear before me,
They stand forth out of affairs—out of commerce, 
shops, law, science, work, farms, clothes, the 
house, medicine, print, buying, selling, eating, 
drinking, suffering, begetting, dying,
They receive these in their places, they find these 
or the like of these, eternal, for reasons,
They find themselves eternal, they do not find that 
the water and soil tend to endure forever — 
and they not endure.

Whoever you are, now I place my hand upon you, 
that you be my poem,
I whisper with my lips close to your ear,
I have loved many women and men, but I love 
none better than you.
O I could sing such grandeurs and glories about 
You have not known what you are—you have 
slumbered upon yourself all your life,
Your eye-lids have been as much as closed most 
of the time,
What you have done returns already in mock-
Your thrift, knowledge, prayers, if they do not 
return in mockeries, what is their return?
...There is no endowment in man or woman that is 
not tallied in you,
There is no virtue, no beauty, in man or woman 
but as good is in you,
No pluck, no endurance in others, but as good is 
in you,
No pleasure waiting for others, but an equal plea-
sure waits for you.

-Walt Whitman

Here are a few other notes I took from her:

  • The personal reason I do it is for the young people. You are my inspiration.
  • "Even in the most challenging of circumstances, one could find hope."
  • The real value of education is not grades, it's what you take inside of you to grow.
  • The written word is the most persuasive way of convincing someone.
  • It's not that you leave people behind, it's that you've had experiences they've never had.
  • Importance of seeing things through other peoples eyes, not just our own.
  • Ask "Why do you think that? What have you seen? What have you experienced?" That makes you think that way.
  • We are limited by life experiences.
  • It is heartbreaking to see the limited number of people deciding such fundamental issues for this country. VOTE.
  • It is much, much harder today for someone that was in the same situation she was in.
  • If you work hard and show you have drive and determination, they are going to give you a chance.
  • Life is hard and if you spend your time worrying about the struggles, you will never live it.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Drive

As a little girl, my family used to drive up to the mountains almost every Sunday :: one of my favorite adventures. It is a perfect activity for the sabbath; nature always makes me feel closer to God. Braden and I still love to do this. Tonight we drove up Emigration Canyon just before sunset and then drove through the avenues (11th avenue is the best) as the sun slipped behind the capitol building and disappeared beneath the mountains. 

It was the perfect way to end the sabbath day. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Life Lately :: A Dreamy {December}

The end of our December was dreammmmy. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. We had a fun little trip to Bear Lake with my sisters followed by the torchlight parade at Alta on New Years Eve. I could live these days over and over again.

Bear Lake

If you have not been to Bear Lake in the winter, it is cold but the view driving out of Logan Canyon is worth it - not to mention Logan Canyon itself is always a beaut.

NYE at Alta

Happy New Year! I am so excited to see what 2015 brings.