Mondays take work. They take effort. On even what will turn out to be the best of weeks, Mondays can have the ability to sap strength and dampen spirits right at the start. But the good news is they don’t have to! I’m a firm believer in starting this right and taking it to the finish line, living with enthusiasm and courage every day. At the beginning of the week, though, I need a little help. And so, on the basis that everyone needs a little help at some time in their life, I bring to you all my Monday Motivation!
As I thought about how to inspire myself to live this week I remembered a concept I first heard of in an LDS conference a few years ago: Lifting Where You Stand.
As shared by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Lifting Where You Stand began with a man living in Darmstadt, Germany, when he and a group of other men were asked to move a piano from one room of a church to another for an event. The task seemed impossible until this man made a suggestion: “Stand close together and lift where you stand.” Uchtdorf then went on to discuss what meaning this held in his life–and now it has impacted mine as well.
As he put it, Lifting Where You Stand means seeking to serve others, where you are and in whatever capacity you have. It is not a principle of status or attention seeking. When we seek to lift where we stand, we want to help others for their own sake, because we love them. In fact, true leadership comes from and by sincerely serving others, lifting them how and when we can.
And it does mean lifting–we all have something we can do to serve, and it will not happen unless we decide ourselves to do it. This does not mean we must consciously and deliberately think through every small act of service and commit ourselves to it before offering our help–no! If I tried to do that I’d never get anything done. Lifting Where You Stand means being willing to be someone’s support and striving to fill the capacity they need met. To look out for opportunities to serve our neighbors–our co-workers, our friends and our families. Our classmates and our team members.
“Lifting where we stand is a principle of power.” As with many True principles, we find strength and power added to our lives as we seek to live them. Also in keeping with True principles, it is much easier said than done. Truth often comes in simplicity, but that simplicity carries a hard task with it. It can be hard to extend beyond yourself, to offer up of yourself when it might not be what you originally wanted or planned to do. But I promise, it is worth it. I promise it is–and if you truly experiment with it for yourself you will see the difference in your life, as I have in mine. I’ll finish with a quote from Uchtdorf’s talk:
“Brethren, as strong as you are, you cannot and you should not lift a piano by yourself. Likewise, none of us can or should move the Lord’s work [ie. reaching out and helping others] alone. But if we all stand close together in the place the Lord has appointed and lift where we stand, nothing can keep this divine work from moving upward and forward. Brethren, may we cease to aspire and cease to retire!”
May God bless you as you lift where you stand this week,