Always Be Good and Happy Posts

September 6, 2017

Today, I want to cover a necessary and somewhat controversial subject: forgiveness. While I would like nothing more than for this to be the comprehensive guide on the subject, I realize that I need to make this digestible for one sitting’s worth of reading. Just now, I checked Amazon to see how many books just have the word “forgive” in the title: 3752. So, this entry will mainly reflect my own personal experiences with this subject. First, I will (as briefly as possible) explain why it is important…

August 9, 2017

When I was in high school, let’s just say that I had a really hard time following all of the rules. Because of the way I was brought up, being (knowingly) disobedient also brought on a lot of GUILT. (I had to use capitalization to emphasize its power to soul crush.) I wanted to be disobedient but without the soul crushing guilt. In order to have my cake and eat it too, I came across the Bible verse in Matthew 7:1-2, which says, “Judge not, that ye be…

July 17, 2017

What are we here to do? What’s this life for?1 Well, it all boils down to just one thing for me: being kind. That is what you are here to do! Scripturally, that equates to charity being the pure love of Christ, and as I have been taught, charity is the only thing that will not fail2. Every single kind thing you have done in your entire life can never be erased both here and hereafter. Though many may not believe in God or the Scriptures or in…

May 24, 2017

Today marks the 18th anniversary of my accident – the one that permanently paralyzed me from the shoulders down. Since I was paralyzed at 18, this means that I have lived half of my life in a wheelchair, unable to walk or even use my hands in any meaningful way. Although this day will never be just another day for me, I have decided to celebrate it instead of mourn it. (I will be at Disneyland with my mom all day, doing just that!) However, since this year…

April 26, 2017

One of the most important attributes to have is an attitude of gratitude. Marcus Tullius Cicero, famous Roman statesman, put it this way, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others1.” If you develop this attitude, it will become easier to be a human. (Because, let’s face it, being human is really really hard!) The Gratitude Game If we have learned anything from Mary Poppins, it’s that things are easier to do if you make a game out of them. I…

April 19, 2017

by guest blogger Kristine Hunter  “The journey may leave a scar, but scars can heal and reveal just where you are.” Take a moment to really think of the truth in that quote. It is from Disney’s Moana. The grandmother, the voice of wisdom and truth, comes to Moana and sings this gem to her. The first part of the quote hits home for almost everyone journeying here on earth. Our journey may have scarred us at some point. We’ve been hurt, disappointed, broken or bruised. Not all…

April 12, 2017

Growing up in the 80s was really hard for someone with farsightedness. I looked like an alien with my gigantic glasses, and my eyes were so magnified, it looked like I could see the future. If you don’t believe me, please check out Exhibits A and B below: I had relatively few friends in elementary school, being awkward and feeling subdefective. Middle school, shockingly, did not provide me with any relief. I was made fun of for my awkwardness, for my glasses, for my clothes, and for any…

April 6, 2017

There are so many different factors that go into this question, and probably nothing that I have to say will be applicable to every situation out there, but let me just say this much – if you don’t choose to be happy, it probably won’t choose you. Happiness is not just some easy-going, jolly feeling that effortlessly happens to some lucky few. Like anything worthwhile, it is hard work. To be honest, I have a happy disposition. In other words, I don’t really feel like myself if I’m…

March 26, 2017

“Always be good, and you’ll always be happy. Don’t and you won’t.” That was my Grandma Stone’s mantra. I created this blog to honor her memory. I believe that these are good words to live by, even if they aren’t 100% applicable in all circumstances. There are always going to be circumstances which try our patience, stretching our souls to our very limitations. In these turbulent times, we will experience pain, grief and sorrow. It is not due to us not always being good. I am not a…