"If we all threw our problems in a pile
and saw everyone else's,
we'd grab ours back."
That's what I thought of when I saw this video of the new song by Hillary Weeks:
One of the women in this video is Mariama Kallon, whose history was filled with terror, heartbreak, and tragedy. When I heard her speak At the Nauvoo Women's Retreat two and a half years ago, she was such a sweet, smiling, and sincere woman. But her story was horrific. To say there was not a dry eye in the room is an understatement. The tears of empathy that were shed for her and her family flowed freely and unchecked; there weren't enough handkerchiefs or kleenex available to catch them all. Through her trials and tribulations, hope shone through like the carrot dangling just out of reach. She followed that carrot of hope to a new life, one she hadn't dared dream of, and ended up serving a mission at The Salt Lake Temple square and speaking and writing about her life. Miriama is truly resilient. She would pray each day to see the night, and then pray every night to see the next day. Can you imagine living your life like that? Never knowing if or when you or your loved ones will be killed or tortured?
The other woman in the video is Stephanie Nielsen who was burned in a plane accident. She had such a will to live for her kids and her husband, and has made huge strides in recovering from the accident.
Now back to the quote at the top. My mom and I have talked about this many times, whenever one of us has been struggling with something. I think that there is a lot of truth in that statement, even if I change it to: