I have been thinking about President Gordon B. Hinckley, a man that I have admired for many years. I admired him because of his goodness, and also because he seemed to understand human frailties, our need for connection, hope and humor. I loved this about him.
One of my favorite quotes from him is typical of his good humor and down to earth philosophy:
"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey...delays, side tracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."
I AM thankful for the ride. Well, most of the time, that is. Sometimes I want the ride to be more like a Disneyland version of real life, but I guess I wouldn't gain much wisdom that way.
So here's to President Hinckley and his guidance for so many years...he'll be missed.