Family Matters Most
In the last two weeks we have had two big natural disasters on the east coast. Neither of them actually affected us very much at all but people in our area were prepared for whatever might happen. The first was an earthquake, very uncommon out here, and the second I’m sure you’ve heard of, Hurricane Irene. Although I was pretty sure nothing would happen in our area I became a little nervous when the winds and rain started getting stronger. (Mostly because I can occasionally be a huge worry-wart.) During the storm I felt so much comfort knowing I had my family with me and just being together brought peace. I didn’t think at all about my possessions, what I was wearing, or the last rude thing someone said to me, my heart immediately turned to what really matters to me:
M. Russell Ballard had similar feelings in “What Matters Most Lasts Longest” he discusses his experience after Hurricane Katrina:
“I recently visited a few of the refugee centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas where devastated and displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina were staying as they began to try to put their lives back together. Their stories and situations are tragic and poignant in many ways, but in all that I heard, what touched me the most was the crying out for family: “Where is my mother?” “I can’t find my son.” “I’ve lost a sister.” These were hungry, frightened people who had lost everything and needed food, medical attention, and help of all kinds, but what they wanted and needed most was their families.
Crisis or transition of any kind reminds us of what matters most. In the routine of life, we often take our families—our parents and children and siblings—for granted. But in times of danger and need and change, there is no question that what we care about most is our families!”
There are so many moments in my life when I force myself to stop, take a step back, and evaluate if I am concentrating on what matter’s most. It is easy to take the one’s closest to us for granted, but when we think about how lost we would be without them, it truly makes me want to cherish every moment with them. Each of us has squabbles in our day to day lives, but we need to remember to put the people that matter first. I love this quote by Thomas S. Monson and challenge you to think about it next time you are faced with a problem (Which I’m sure, if your life is as crazy as mine, might come sooner or later):
“Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. “