Posts Tagged ‘General Conference’

Consider Opportunity Cost — Revolutionary Blogging Sonnet

August 11, 2019

When I consider
all that may be gained or lost,
I far too seldom
think of the opportunity cost.

Playing soccer or baseball
was never a bad thing,
but I never once asked
what eternal growth they’d bring.

I can think of many times
I went to play in the sun.
But the more valuable games
were those with more than just fun.

It’s the eternal things which must be considered and weighed
to decide if time is well spent, or just frittered away.

Based on a April 2019 General Conference talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks.

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Sustaining God’s Servants: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

April 2, 2016

It doesn’t matter/
if folks oppose God’s servants,/
as long as I don’t.
OR

It doesn’t matter/
if folks oppose God’s servants,/
‘cuz I never will.

Weeping Remembering Mothers: Revolutionary ImproVerse Haiku

October 5, 2014

He spoke of mother/
and cried. We all wept as we/
recalled our mothers.
OR
As he spoke of his/
mother and wept, we cried, too./
We recalled our moms.

Gratitude Is A Disposition: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

April 6, 2014

Gratitude is a/
disposition, a way of/
being, how I am.

Doing The Best Things: Revolutionary Blogging Prose

April 5, 2014

(Originally posted on Facebook)
I go to a lot of dances, karaoke, parties, sporting activities, social events. I think they’re important to “connect”, especially when a person doesn’t have a local “family”.
But can I share something without coming across as self rigtheous or anything? I had a thought this morning about how the dances and other social activities I attend are really just for me. They’re not really helping anyone else (although I do make others smile when I ‘rock it’.) I heard a talk about service, and then I wondered this:
https://cyranowriter.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/can-we-do-more-than-dance-revolutionary-contexting-haiku/ — can I do more than dance? Can I serve?
And I was listening to someone who was talking about family history, which prompted this question (and answer to the question I’d asked this morning) —
https://cyranowriter.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/dancing-with-ancestors-revolutionary-contexting-haiku/ — I can spend time doing genealogy and helping others.
Tonight, instead of going to a dance, I’m going to work on family history with a friend. And the larger question is this: Have you folks ever thought about putting together service projects, family history “working sessions”, have a “barn raising” (i.e., maybe we all go work for an hour on each other’s gardens), or anything similar … instead of just dancing or going out to dinner or going to sporting events or doing other social things?
(NOTE: Watching da Badgers play this afternoon in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four is NOT included!)

My Desolate House: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

April 5, 2014

By not keeping my/
Covenants, I let my house/
become desolate.

A Prophet’s Brief Welcome: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

April 5, 2014

Even when he says/
nothing, I still hear* and know/
he is God’s prophet.
OR
*feel

Where’s My Power? Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

October 5, 2013

Is my* power gone,/
taken from me? Or is it/
just latent, waiting?
OR

*Is His power gone,/
removed from me? …

My Samaritan Hope: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

October 5, 2013

I was the guy who/
would always do what was asked./
I will be again.

Not Yet: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

October 5, 2013

I thought I’d failed in/
my responsibility /
as father. Not yet.