Friday, June 17, 2011

My thoughts on self-improvement

I believe this life to be a field trip.  If we pay attention along the way we can learn and grow.  We also have the option to wander off, get lost and learn nothing from it.  It is up to us to decide how much we will take in.  With this belief in mind I have kept an ongoing list of things I don't like about myself and ways I can improve my weaknesses.  First on my list:
1. Morning Person
This is one that might take a lifetime to obtain.  One blessing in my life that has brought me closer to this goal is having children.  Especially Miss Hazel.  Thank you darling for the 5:45 wake up call this morning.
2. Overwhelming Wimpiness. 
Now this may be something I don't have a lot of control over but I can at least put in the time and effort.  I was always on the loosing team in softball, always the last chosen to be on a team (regardless of the sport) and could not run a mile without nearly losing my lunch.  The one thing I have learned from this weakness... choose a sport that does not require any athletic ability... GOLF!   Good thing I did because it is required to be a member of the Wheatley clan.  I have accepted my physical flaws and choose to focus on what I can to.  I can run in a straight line (most of the time) and even touch my toes if I bend my knees enough.  I put in my 40 min three times a week and call it good.
3. No Good Reading Skills
Five years ago I decided to tackle this one by setting a goal to read one book a month.  This may not sound like much but considering up to this point I had read about twelve books in my whole life, it was a huge undertaking.  Half a decade and about 100 books later I wouldn't consider myself a literary genius but I definitely feel comfortable in my abilities.
4. General Laziness.
I think this is a problem for most adolescence.  The problem is I never out grew it.  I carried with me a "Just enough" attitude.  I am capable of getting A's but why put it the effort when I can do nothing and get a B?  So once again I have changed my way of thinking and made a serious effort to never get anything lower than an A in any class I take.  My last four classes were Human Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Statistics, and Chemistry.  (Just to warn you I'm about to give myself a huge pat on the back) I'm happy to say I got A's in all these classes.  As Matt would gracefully put it, "You have the potential to be a very intelligent person Rosanna".  Looking back at my time at USU I am embarrassed by my meager effort and notable laziness. 
5.  Atrocious spelling.
Here is a list of words I misspelled while writing this entry.
genius (clearly not)
embarrassed (totally)
atrocious (still not sure if I spelled this one correctly)
Obviously this is a work in progress.  I take comfort in knowing Matt can't spell either and he is a doctor. 

Just something to think about.  Making a list and setting goals has benefited me over the years.  I am a firm believer in the power of paper.  Something magical happens when we take the time to write down our desires.  It somehow makes ideas more tangible. 
I know I have a lot of progress to make in many aspects of my life but I try to keep my favorite quote in mind  when I get discouraged.  
"Once you get good at something you don't have to be bad at it anymore!"  by yours truly.  
Well, at least I think it's profound.  If you looking for something even more uplifting when you are feeling down read Ether 12:27
And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
It always helps me remember this life is all about overcoming weaknesses.  I believe we come to this earth with both talents and flaws.  It's how we balance the two that makes us who we are.


  1. This made me chuckle. I've had my general laziness - although my poor performance in college was more based on the fact that I decided I couldn't do as well in college as I did in h.s. (b/c it was harder). Surprise, surprise - that was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Wish I could go back and try harder! Oh well. Someday I may go back for more school, and I won't make the same mistake.
    A sister in my ward commented last week that her parents raised her to think of herself as having talents and future talents (rather than weaknesses). Bottom line, we have the potential to become like Heavenly Father, so any weaknesses we have now really will become strengths at some point. Some will come during this life, and others won't. Anyway, I really liked her comment.

  2. I just want to say,
    I think you are perfect in every way
    And I love you more every day!