Making all the difference

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, and this has made all the difference” —Robert Frost.
In this life we are faced with countless choices; an important decision we will have to make, most likely daily, is to be happy or to not be happy. When we avoid the pitfalls of depression, greed and comparison, and human nature then we are taking that higher road and we will find that it will make “all the difference” in our lives. Of course there are some whose burden and pain is too great, and for those who suffer from depression, happiness may not be a choice. But it is as much the duty of the sufferer to work through this ordeal, as it is those who surround him.
Our emotions affect everyone around us. But by taking charge of our attitude we can be happy. When we stop comparing ourselves to others, to our perfect mental images, and to others success, we will find happiness. We will not find happiness in material wealth or in gossip or in false hopes, but we will find our own true happiness through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His infinite Atonement and his gospel. Remembering that it is our moral obligation to be happy, for ourselves, for others, and for God.

Brooke Tobler
Rancho Santa Margarita, California

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