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"A Princess in Training"

I have found in my life and by observing others that EXPECTATIONS and ATTITUDE are crucial factors in the successes we achieve.

What we expect of others can hinder our relationships. I once received wise counsel, "If you are going to have expectations, please warn the victim!"

Similarly, our perceptions color the manner in which we live life and deal with those around us. A simple example is the statement by Barbara Johnson: "Remove the word struggle out of your vocabulary and replace it with the word adventure".

What could have been a major trial becomes, instead, an adventure of self-discovery and growth.

Life is a precious gift, full of surprises. The steps we take as we run to greet it may be our first steps towards the great adventures that are awaiting us.

Below is an Inspirational story by a wonderful Youth Speaker:


By Vickey Pahnke, songwriter, author, EFY speaker.

"A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep it was, they told the two fallen frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they would never get out, and that the jig was up. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the others were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

"The second frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frog friends yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even higher and finally made it out of the pit!

"When he got out the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us? The frog (reading their frog lips) explained that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time!......

"Great story, huh? There are a number of inherent lessons in this little tale. One is that if you believe you can do something, you're right. I have thought a lot about the power of belief, of faith. Alma teaches us that if we "can do no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words." (Alma 32:27) He then compares that belief to a seed that can grow.

"President Spencer W. Kimball once said that "in faith we plant the seed and soon we see the miracle of the blossoming. Men have often misunderstood and have reversed the process. They would have the harvest before the planting." (Ensign, Oct. 1978) The harvest of blessings comes after the trial of our faith.

"Another lesson is that we might want to be careful who we listen to. There are lots of cheerleaders on the sidelines of life. Many times they are cheering us on with the best of intentions. But they may lack fundamental -- and critical -- knowledge and understanding to assist us. Imagine driving a car full of people home from a dance. Everybody is talking at once, creating so much chaos that you cannot hear what anyone is saying. You ask for one designated speaker. One of the back-seat drivers says he knows where everyone lives and that he can best direct you to their homes. This sounds logical so you give him the authority to speak for everyone else. After a number of wrong turns and ridiculous detours, you become so frustrated that you stop the car and take a breather. As you look at your spokesman, you notice that although this guy is as "blind as a bat" he isn't wearing his glasses. Sheepishly, he admits that he cannot read the road signs and can barely even see the road! But "he thought he could help you out."

"Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? Yet, if we aren't careful, we can place our well-being in jeopardy by placing too much trust in friends who may not see clearly. Only our Father has perfect sight. Only He can guide us safely home. Just like the fortunate and persevering frog, we can get ourselves out of many a pit if we are careful not to give in to negative input from naysayers, or to wrong information from those who cannot precisely direct us Home. With God all things are possible. (see Matt.19:26, Mark 10:27, Luke 18:27).

"One of my favorite movies is "Hook," in which Robin Williams plays Peter Pan (Banning). The entire movie hinges on the fact that Peter has forgotten who he was and all he was able to do as Pan. Powerful lessons are taught as he starts jumping (so to speak) with enough strength to get out of his pit of self denial and doubt. It was exhilarating when he crowed and too off into the air! He could fly! He had learned to believe in himself and in his abilities. Perhaps the closer we get to believing in ourselves, in the Savior and His gospel, the more clearly we can look in the mirror to see a true reflection of who we are. We may better remember whose we are, and how valiant we must have been in order to be sent to earth at this time. Spiritually, we will be able to fly!

"Do you believe? Even when those on the sidelines believe in us and in our abilities, it will do us little good until we believe for ourselves. Let's turn to Father and ask him to "help Thou mine unbelief" (Mark 9:24) so that whatever pits or obstacles come, we may not be confined and we will not give up. Let's keep on jumping!"

Courtesy of LDS Gems
And, with the permission of Vickey Pahnke.

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Copyright 1999, Dianne E. Wintch
Created: September 2nd, 1999
Revised: June 29th, 2006