Thursday, July 23, 2015
Tomorrow is Pioneer Day in Utah, which celebrates the arrival of the first Mormon Pioneers in Salt Lake Valley.
I am wondering, in what ways are you a pioneer? As you know, pioneers explore, innovate, lead the way, or journey to unfamiliar places physically, mentally, spiritually, and/or emotionally. Here are a few examples of what other pioneers have done:
-- Learn a musical instrument
-- Be the first to break the cycle of anger or abuse or poor parenting in your family
-- Use writing or art to express something worthwhile to others
-- Develop a new procedure or product or methodology for your company
-- Start a new company
-- Overcome a habit or addiction through a 12-step program or other method
-- Teach something useful and positive to your children or others
-- Forgive people from the past that have harmed you
-- Be the first to get a degree or advanced degree in your family
-- Decide to take responsibility for everything in your life rather than blame others or circumstances
-- Move to a new location
-- Create a plan to transition from your current work to what you know you should be doing, and then implement that plan.
-- Begin that fun hobby you’ve always wanted to try
-- Break out of a negative thinking or behavior pattern
And there are many other ways to forge ahead and be a pioneer.
On this Pioneer Day, put some thought into how you have been a pioneer or how you are a pioneer or how you can become a pioneer. Pioneers are courageous and optimistic. They plan ahead and are willing to do the work.
To spur you on in your “journey,” you can listen to a song that was sung by Mormon Pioneers as they crossed the Plains, adapt it to your situation…and keep living!