Sunday, April 16, 2006

To Be Righteous in the Dark

On a more serious note (yes, that is possible for me), someone gave us this quote several weeks ago. For one who struggles with depression, these words hit home for me.

When asked why we are sometimes left alone and often sad, President Brigham Young's response was that man has to learn to "act as an independent being...to see what he will do...and try his independency--to be righteous in the dark." (Quoted by President James E. Faust in his October 2005 General Conference talk entitled "The Light in Their Eyes.")

12 comments:

Gloria Glo said...

My goodness. So exactly what I needed to read today. Thanks for posting it.

Julie said...

No problem, glo. I'm glad it helped.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

The only time I'm righteous in the dark is when I'm listening to the oldies station play The Righteous Brothers. Apparently I've lost that lovin feeling and it's gone, long gone.

Half price Easter chocolate always cheers me up Julie. You may quote me on that.

Julie said...

Elastic, you are hilarious, as usual! Cadbury eggs and those sinful Dove chocolate truffle eggs help a lot too.

Funny that my word verification is fbrpigf. Fiber Pig?

Lyle said...

I guess that's what the iron rod is for eh...for when the mist of darkness roll in?

compulsive writer said...

I posted this yesterday, but it disappeared. So I'll say it again.

If anyone I know can pull off being righteous in the dark, it would be you, Julie.

I'm praying for the sun to chase away the darkness for you and for the rest of those I love being tried and tested in the dark.

Julie said...

Thanks, Dalene.

Lorien said...

All I can think of when I read your title is They Might Be Giant's "Whistling in the Dark" which isn't related, really.

But it's a good quote and thing to think about. That's how we find out our real character, I think. What do we do, how do we act, what do we yearn for when the chips are down? And I think this applies to many situations in addition to depression. My two cents.

Lianne said...

And isn't that the most succinct definition of integrity?

I found you via Glo... who is, incidentally, one of the most wonderful people you'll ever meet.

Geo said...

This is my first day reading your blogs and I am finding gems everywhere. First existentialist thought to stimulate my brain (I'm reading in reverse chronological order), and now this quote to encourage me. Thanks.

Geo said...

Er . . . your blog, singlar. (You don't have more than one, do you?)

Geo said...

Singular! Oh, forget it. I can't spell today.