David never does anything halfway and his speech at this week’s Utah Women’s Conference was no exception. Nervous at the start, he settled in quickly as his confidence grew. What a joy to witness (thank you pattycake!). Through his archadorable self-described “rambling,” David shared more of himself to us … AGAIN. This young man never stops giving.
Highlights for me:
● David’s self-awareness: “A David Archuleta speech for me is like an oxymoron.”
● How he faces his fears: getting started by taking that first little step is the most difficult but allows you to have “greater growth in life”
● The importance of following your dreams: Dreams are “the desire to accomplish something that seems difficult”
● His take on taking risks: You may get hurt, but accomplishing the risky and hard things in life is what helps us / makes us grow and learn. “If everything were easy in life we wouldn’t be able to enjoy life as much. The hard things in life make us appreciate the great things in life so much more.”
● How he keeps things in perspective: look where you came from and look at where you are now.
● He tries not to lie to himself because lying to yourself can lead to lying to others.
● The importance of giving time to yourself
● Exercise and Journal Writing are examples that give you time for yourself, help you to keep your perspective, allow you to reflect on what’s important in life
● How he stays optimistic / positive in his thinking: By turning negative thoughts to positive ones – “this is hard” becomes “what a great opportunity to learn”
● David can be random in his thought processes: Circ du Symphony…
● Always try your best
● David has faced and conquered / or is conquering a great many of his fears
● Helping people makes you “think less about yourself and more about others” which, in turn, makes “you feel better about yourself”
One of the things that has been proven to me is that having a strong value of yourself- taking care of yourself is the starting point to giving / sharing / loving / supporting others.
Here is my example:
I used to believe it was selfish to think of yourself first by looking after yourself. However, because of my battle with chronic pain, I have come to accept this as the foundation for being able to deal with – not only life’s day to day challenges, but being able to set attainable goals for the future. Dealing with the mental issue surrounding the life altering physical pain became paramount.
For me, this led to volunteer work. Brandy (my Shiba Inu) and I are a PALS team – Pet Access League Society – and we visit a senior’s residence as well as the Children’s Hospital). It provides me with a specific, limited time frame that I can handle, a ‘job’ with no pressure except to know that I ‘have to’ put a smile on my face as I let Brandy work her magic and I do the talking! It has actually given me a feeling of empowerment. I forget all about my issues and it persuades me to focus on others.
By bringing a moment or two of joy to others, I receive a deeply satisfying feeling of contentment. The return is tenfold.
Listening to David’s speech has led me to reflect on the things in my life I want to continue to do, what ideas I have re-captured and, what attempts I will make in the future.
Thank you, David
I would like to propose to all of you to also reflect. What did you learn / re-learn from David’s speech? How will you apply this knowledge in your daily life? [Download an mp3 of the speech here. (Thanks to Newangel, Archuleta Avenue, SnarkyArchies.]