good life – by shelli gardner
Part of cultivating a good life is recognizing a Higher Power in your life.
I enjoy Bikram yoga and practice at a studio located in a gorgeous garden setting. During the past couple of weeks, I’ve looked out the studio window and watched spring arrive—different flowers pop up almost daily. Spring makes me happy and so does the idea of new life and new beginnings. . . the beautiful spring flowers bring joy to my soul, and I can’t help but think of the beauty of the world around us and my Savior Jesus Christ, who makes it all possible.
I understand that not everyone believes in Christ, and I hope that by sharing my personal feelings about Him, I don’t offend anyone; personal beliefs are sacred and I honor and respect everyone’s right to choose who—and what—to believe in.
This Easter Sunday is the perfect opportunity to share what truly has made my life good—and that’s my relationship with my Savior. Whether I’m in a happy or sad place, sailing or struggling, surrounded by loved ones or curled up in a corner all alone, everything is better when I invite the Savior into my life.
And it is an invitation I have to extend. One of my favorite images of the Savior is Him standing at a door, knocking. If you look closely, the door has no doorknob. The idea, of course, is that He is always ready to enter our lives but will never force Himself into our lives. The decision to open the door is ours alone.
When I try to do things on my own, it gets pretty lonely, but when I remember to open the door, I am overwhelmed with feelings of love, peace, and gratitude. Dark moments become brighter and happy moments become more joyful when the Savior is part of them.
Turning to the Savior—a higher power, a source of endless love and encouragement—allows me to accept myself as I am while hoping every day that I can become better. That is what makes my life good!
Note from Becky
Have you heard about our exciting new partnership with Stampin’ Up!? Shelli Gardner is the cofounder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! and the fact that she enjoys practicing yoga reminds me that I need yoga in my life. Like many of you, I’m constantly facing the struggle in life called BALANCE. I’m a CEO, too, but with fewer years of experience in running a business than Shelli. I get the sense from knowing of her over the years and meeting with her a couple of times that she has reached a place of better balance in her life.
I imagine that Shelli was once in my phase of life – raising a young family and running a business and struggling to have proper nutrition and exercise in that quest to find a healthy balance between all of that … but loving it all still. Crazy times, chaotic times. All of it adds up to a very blessed life. I’m sure Shelli would say she doesn’t have perfect balance, but I imagine she has better balance than years ago … and that gives me hope that I’ll get there, too.
As you can tell Shelli is a woman of great faith as well. I know this contributes to her happiness. As Shelli mentioned, personal beliefs are sacred and I, too, have great respect for the fact that everyone has their own beliefs. Many are solid in their faith. Many are ever searching for what they believe. I happen to share my belief in – and love for – the Savior, Jesus Christ, just as Shelli has expressed. This Easter season is a wonderful reminder of His perfect example and His unconditional love for each of us.
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