“Train your memory to hold in sacred trust the strength-giving and worth-while episodes of your life, which you can recall at will for your pleasure and edification.” [UB 160:4:12]
Thought Adjuster: “Like a movie director, you can set the tone for your life's production. Do you select a dark backdrop against which a few bright spots stand out or a bright one that reveals the dramatic contrasts of hard times?
“It boils down to another free-will decision on your part. Do you feel empowered or disheartened by the initial screening of your life’s content? Does it prompt regrets or gratitude?
“The good news is that even the suspense and tension caused by the impact of hard times can add to the flavor and originality of your autobiography. Again, it all depends on how you process these events. Do you interpret setbacks as misfortunes, or do you grasp the precious lessons they imparted unto you—first-hand experiences that etch themselves beautifully on the intricate stained-glass window of your life?
“Everything that you experience changes you in subtle or more dramatic ways. What matters is that you shine the spotlight of gratitude on your life’s occurrences. It will magically infuse vibrant colors to the black and white reels of your painful memories. Indeed, possibly unbeknownst to you at the time, the ‘dark’ episodes were strength-giving if you tackled them with a can-do attitude. They taught you bundles and sculpted your persona with their sharp chisel.
“Rather than sweeping them under the carpet as bothersome, place them under the lens of your memory to extract their enduring values. If you can recall them for your pleasure and edification, it is the living proof that you have adequately processed them and emerged God-victoriously from such trying episodes. As well, you can turn into a talented story-teller to inspire those who are facing similar bleak circumstances. If you could pull through, so can they.
“When the hour comes for you to transition to higher realms, you will proudly sport the many character highlights that emerged from the lowlights. They will look great on your resumé.”