I went for a walk tonight with a friend.
I wonder if you enjoy doing that? It’s one of my most favorite things.
As we walked down the street, I noticed a colorful object in the middle of the black asphalt. Bright pink, sea green, a hint of yellow.
When we got closer, I realized it was a rock that had been hand-painted. Whoever painted it included a short message across the front: “Do what you love.”
I bent down and picked it up, and then held it in my hand.
It was just the reminder I needed today.
Things have been busy lately and a little overwhelming. I’m doing my best to keep up, but today I drove home a little discouraged.
And then I stumbled upon that little rock. I placed it in my pocket, and my friend and I continued our walk. When I got home, I set it on the kitchen table and decided I was going to accept the invitation.
Tonight, I did some of my favorite things. Things that make me happy.
I did what I love.
And it lifted my heart.
I don’t know who painted that rock, but it was just what I needed today. A gentle reminder.
Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. To feel joy. And sometimes that means taking a minute to recharge. Listening to your favorite playlist. Making your favorite snack. Taking time to write in a journal. Connecting with a friend.
I don’t know what your day looks like today, but maybe you are feeling a little overwhelmed. That’s OK. Some days are like that.
Maybe this is an invitation you need, just like I did.
Do what you love.
Make space for joy.
—President Emily Belle Freeman
Young Women General President