I've decided to rededicate myself to not being cranky. To giving people the benefit of the doubt and following the advice to "stop it" from conference.
This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two word sermon," he said. "When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring,ridiculing, holding grudges or wanting to cause harm — please apply the following: Stop it!"
That is good advice.
I used to read Alma, Chapter 5, and apply it to myself. It is a grand and glorious call to repentance.
Most recently I've had call to reflect how each of us is both like Nephi and like his brother Lemuel.
Actually, the other one says something that might have been perfectly true and honest:
“The Lord maketh no such thing known to us.”
If Nephi and Lehi assumed everyone could have a vision like the ones they had, and if Laman and Lemuel simply weren’t visionary people (like the VAST majority of people who have lived and live now) . . .
We judge people so easily when we have so little information from which to reach our conclusions. I have had some amazing spiritual experiences, but, to this point in my life, I also can say honestly that, “The Lord (so far) maketh no such thing known unto me (in that manner).” Therefore, I would say I’m a combination of Nephi and Laman in a very real way.
That is well worth pondering.
I don't have advice for anyone else right now, just myself.
I need to take today, take the gift of another year, and do something good, something kind, something patient. I need not to return harshness, but to seek Christ again, to turn my heart.
I have a long way to go. I'm afraid that I have not made the progress I should have made, but I hope that I can, this year, embrace the advice to just stop it and instead embrace life.
But I am grateful for another year.