easily pleased, never satisfied.

16 06 2010

My mission president, President Munday, had a saying he drilled into our heads:

The Lord is easily pleased – but NEVER satisfied.

I have never been able to get that quote out of my mind.

Originally he was speaking about our effort in the mission field. We always knew that the Lord was happy with the work that we were doing but that there was no room for complacency.

I now find myself applying this statement to EVERY aspect of my life.

The problem is that I often bypass the “easily pleased” part and go straight to “never satisfied”.

All I can do while I am at work is think of other jobs I can get or other ways to make money.

I feel like I’m not satisfied with ANY aspect of my life at the moment.

I want to do more spiritually.
I want to make be more established financially.
I want to continue to improve at dancing.
I want to read more.
Etc. etc. etc.

I wonder if it’s good to apply that quote to all aspects of life. Maybe it is – but only if you can correctly apply the “easily pleased” part.

“…I am well pleased with your offering and acknowledgments, which you have made; for unto this end have I raised you up, that I might show forth my wisdom through the weak things of the earth.” (D&C 124:1)

I know the Lord can be pleased with our work – even from the weakest of us. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize we should be pleased as well.

? How do you balance complacency with ambition?




One response

16 06 2010

I went through that last year when I was so ill I could hardly move. NOTHING I did was enough or made a difference. I’ve always had superwoman tendencies but as I had kids they diminished. When I got sick, I had to continually lower my standards of what was acceptable. It was draining and I felt so defeated! I did the only thing I could, turn to the Lord and what I found was that although I was never blessed to be healed I was blessed with the ability have patience. I was able to truly feel “broken” and get to the bottom…I was able to turn everything over to the Lord and start over. Over the last 8 months everything has changed. I’ve got energy and this week have been feeling that superwoman spirit coming back. The difference this time is that I know how to listen to my body and where my limitations are. I’m able to keep moving forward without throwing myself back. And especially since we have no idea what changed that made me better every day is a gift from God and is treasured.

So in your case maybe your lack of satisfaction is an opportunity to cut back and cut back until you start to see improvement. Then slowly add things back. Like an elimination diet of sorts…

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