I just love when a conference talk really speaks to you personally. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is my favorite general authority. He really knows how to speak to people and you can tell he understands what your going through. I was excited to learn he was one of the speakers for The General Relief Society meeting last week, and as usual his talk was magnificent.
In fact, for me it was very personal because the story about the single woman who spent her whole life waiting for her 'Golden Ticket' sounded a lot like me. She waited a long time to fall in love and be married in the temple, but it never happened. Failure to reach her goal made her depressed and she soon lost her ability to recognize the blessings she received everyday. He then compared her situation to a child in the story Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory waiting to find a Golden Ticket in a candy bar. It was a brilliant metaphor and really struck a chord with me.
I've done a lot of dating in the past few years and never coming close to finding someone who fits with me can really get me down. I've spent far too much of my life waiting to fall in love (also my 'Golden Ticket') that I've sometimes ignored the fact that I have an overwhelming amount of blessings and talents that fill me with joy every single day.
Don't get me wrong, if I'm completely honest, most of the time I'm very happy and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer, but now and then (especially after a bad date or fruitless single adult activity) I can get depressed. I can become like that girl, complaining that I've never found my 'Golden Ticket'. After hearing President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk I feel so silly for all the times I've let my failures get to me. I have so much success every day, so many blessings that some people might only dream about.
I just love when a General Conference talk really speaks to you and motivates you to change. I'm sure your story is different than mine, but I suggest you listen to this amazing talk titled Forget Me Not. It's a very powerful message!