Last night I attended a fireside that featured Justin Osmond. He is the son of Merrill (Mary) of the Osmond fame. Justin has suffered from hearing loss his entire life & last night he gave an inspiring message of motivation & determination.
During his presentation he shared 5 Principles of Motivation:
1. Understand & come to a knowledge of who YOU are...a Child of God!!!
2. Understand & come to a knowledge of Heavenly Father's LOVE for YOU!!
At this point he shared a visual rendition of a poem that I LOVE!! He pulled out his violin & recited the following poem:
"Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
thought it scarcely worth his while
to waste much time on the old violin,
but held it up with a smile;
"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
"Who'll start the bidding for me?"
"A dollar, a dollar"; then two!"
"Only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars twice;
going for three.." But no,
from the room, far back,a gray-haired man
came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
and tightening the loose strings,
he played a melody pure and sweet
as caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
with a voice that was quiet and low,
said; "What am I bid for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow.
A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two?
Two thousand! And who'll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice,
and going and gone," said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
"We do not quite understand
what changed its worth." Swift came the reply:
"The touch of a master's hand."
And many a man with life out of tune,
and battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
much like the old violin,
A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine;
a game - and he travels on.
"He is going" once, and "going twice,
He's going and almost gone."
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
never can quite understand
the worth of a soul and the change that's wrought
by the touch of the Master's hand."
~~Myra 'Brooks' Welch
3. Live the Gospel!!
Justin shared a statement from Pres Hinkley where he once said "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."
5. Recognize that your BIGGEST weakness can become your GRRRREATEST strength!!! (Ether 12:27)
At this point Justin shared an experience he had with one of his friends that had some pretty tough challenges of his own in life. At one point during one of their conversations Justin's friend said "I'm not gonna let that get in the way of me enjoying...". How inspiring!! We shouldn't let the little things get in the way of enjoying what's around us!!
The last thing that Justin challenged us to do was...drink, swear, steal & lie.
Drink from the "Waters of Life"
Swear to live the Gospel
Steal away time every day to serve someone else
Lie down at night to the Lord (Alma 37:36-37)
So...what motivates YOU?!?!