Being the "Chief Inmate" of the Madhouse is a full-time job. I share my duties with a giant of a man, whom I refer to simply as "The Warden." He is like no one else. We've been running the Madhouse for more than 20 years and are glad to say that we are living to tell about it. The Madhouse has reached capacity with seven fellow/junior inmates and our equally insane dog Maggie. The Madhouse is my location to, as the Warden would say, "Spill [my] guts" to any and all who will read. So find yourself a corner in one of the padded rooms, and enjoy some time with us. You never know what you might find.
Today was a socially awkward day. If you are a close facebook friend of mine, you know why. I don't want to go too much into detail about what was going on...because, honestly, I don't know what was going on myself.
I just want to go so far as to say that I learned the value of keeping things positive. Usually, on facebook, I find that, when I'm online, there is a continual stream of comments or some kind of communication. After a negative comment that was completely out of the blue, there was complete silence--for hours. Wow! Very awkward pregnant pause. It was like having social leprosy.
I think there's enough negative to be had everywhere we look. I try to go at any online situation in a positive vein.There is good to be found in everything too. I think my friends, who are also, for the most part, positive people, didn't quite know how to respond to this.
To those of my friends, especially Deena who followed it up with positives, I cannot tell you how much I valued your comments and support. Thank you!
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss
In this regard, my counsel to members would be to relax, lighten up, mellow out, and not get so huffy. While the gospel is sacred and serious, sometimes we take ourselves a little too seriously. A sense of humor, especially about ourselves, is an attribute worthy of development (Glenn L. Pace, “Follow the Prophet,” Ensign, May 1989, 25).
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.
--Edward Everett Hale
"True greatness...always requires regular, consistent, small, and sometimes ordinary and mundane steps over a long period of time." --Howard W. Hunter, "True Greatness", Ensign, May 1982, 19
"Remember that ofttimes the wisdom of God appears as foolishness to men, but the greatest single lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and a man obeys, that man will always be right." --Thomas S. Monson