May 22, 2016 - #4523 Music and the Spoken Word
Music and the Spoken Word broadcast with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. May 22, 2016 Broadcast Number 4523.
Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyrics: George Herbert
“Guide Me to Thee”
Music: Orson Pratt Huish
Lyrics: Orson Pratt Huish
Arrangement: Stephen Nelson
“In Heavenly Love Abiding”
Lyrics: Anna L. Waring based on Psalm 23
Arrangement: Mack Wilberg
“Down by the Salley Gardens” (Organ solo)
Arrangement: Andrew Unsworth
Music: Anjanette Mickelsen, GENTRI, and Stephen Nelson
Lyrics: Anjanette Mickelsen, GENTRI, and Stephen Nelson
Arrangement: Stephen Nelson
“Let There Be Peace on Earth”
Music: Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
Lyrics: Sy Miller and Jill Jackson
Arrangement: Michael Davis
Of Happiness and Complaints
There's no question that we live in a beautiful world and that life is full of reasons to be grateful and joyful. But unfortunately, we still manage to find things to complain about. It may be the weather, traffic, current events, the people around us - or anything in between. Yes, life can be a challenge at times, but there are better ways to face life's challenges than complaining about them.
Years ago, a member of the board of trustees of a large university overheard some students grumbling about various aspects of college life. The advice he gave them was perhaps a bit surprising. He suggested "that they lay their books aside for a few hours, leave their rooms, and go visit someone who is old and lonely, or someone sick and discouraged. By and large," he said, "I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves... The most effective medicine for the sickness of self-pity is to lose ourselves in the service of others."1
You've probably heard this counsel before, but it's worth a reminder. While venting our frustrations may help us feel better for a moment, what really improves our outlook and enriches our lives is thinking of others. It's simple, really, but simple things are not always easy.
For many years now, one woman has made it her practice to start her day by thinking about who might need her help. Who can she call? Who can she visit? Who might need a little sunshine? Somehow she can always think of someone; there's no shortage of people to reach out to. Sometimes she offers nothing more than a listening ear; other times she brings small gifts or food, but always she gives a portion of herself - only to have it replenished for the next day's giving!
Yes, there's certainly a lot to complain about in life. But giving of ourselves not only shifts our focus away from our problems, it also allows us to make the world just a little more beautiful - even if it's only in small ways. As the university leader wisely observed, "Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others."1
1.Gordon B. Hinckley, "Whosoever Will Save His Life," Ensign, Aug. 1982, 5.