Most everyone Iâ€™ve talked to loved President Uchtdorfâ€™s talk at the General Relief Society Broadcast. But I have a question (and yes, men, this is for you, tooâ€”since I assume that as a son of God, you also get joy in following the Fatherâ€™s example of creation and compassion):
While I definitely get joy from both creation and compassion, I tend to extremes. How do I balance creation and compassion?
Sometimes I discover I am thoroughly â€œlosingâ€ myself in compassionate service (typically in service to my family, but it could be church service or community service–it’s happened with those as well). The self that I â€œfindâ€ when Iâ€™m completely â€œlostâ€ in service is not a very happy self: sheâ€™s grumpy, sleep-deprived, and worn out. Iâ€™ve wondered for years why losing oneself in service doesnâ€™t bring more joy. And, while I recognize that I may be doing it all wrong, it seems to me that President Uchtdorff provided the answer: compassion and creativity are both needed if one is to lead a joyful life.
The problem is that when I start in on a creative endeavor, I get caught up in the other extreme. I love what I’m doing so much that I tend to forget all about service, compassion, cleaning, dinner, carpools, the kids, etc. You get the picture.
So, no deep philosophizing from me today–I just need some good, old fashioned advice. How do I find the happy equilibrium between both compassion and creativity? (or at least remember to pick up carpool?)