don’t be a camel

September 4th, 2010 by Kawika Heftel

Stubborn CamelI was just on Dr. Paul’s M-Power blog, and came across the following interesting thought (original post here).  It struck me so much I wanted to discuss it here.

Apparently camels have attitudes.  They grumble and complain no matter what  command you give them.  Dr. Paul saw a “wrangler” (I guess that’s what a camel trainer is called) trying to deal with a camel, and said:

[The wrangler] would command them to kneel so the rider could mount up – and the camel would grumble and complain.  He then commanded them to stand, and again grumbling and complaining.  Basically anything that represented a change brought on the attitude.  How are you handling the changes in your life?  Remember, better is always different.  Look at the changes in your life as amazing opportunities to experience something better, rather than just grumbling and complaining about having to move.

“Better is always different”.  That’s my thought for the day.  When looking at change in your life, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and reject change just because it’s different – evaluate it objectively, and if it’s better, go for it!

As with everything I post here, easier said than done, and the hardest part for me is applying these things in my life.  Have you had experiences with the “camel principle” in your life, either for good (change was threatening but you embraced it), or ill (maybe you missed out on an opportunity because you were afraid of the change it would involve)?  I know I have.  Feel free to share in the comments!

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2 Responses to “don’t be a camel”

  1. Kawika,

    I like that phrase tremendously: better is always different. That’s such a great way to characterize something almost every person has trouble with. Thinking about this reminds me of something Truman Madsen said about Joseph Smith. He characterized the prophet as uniquely gifted for being able to embrace change without chrystalizing on the past. Or more closely to the way Madsen put it, the Prophet did not become so fixated on what had been given that he couldn’t accept what yet had to be given.

    By the way, have you ever heard these lectures by Truman Madsen about the Prophet? If you haven’t, you should totally borrow them from me sometime; they’re amazing.

    Keep up the good work in California (spiritually and temporally). We’ll be excited to see you when you get back.

    --John Macdonald, on September 7th, 2010 at 2:28 pm
  2. Hey John,
    Thanks so much for your comment!! Means a lot to me. No, I haven’t heard those Truman Madsen lectures about Joseph Smith, and yes, I would love to borrow them sometime. Thanks for pointing out that you couldn’t see the labels next to the textboxes, that has been fixed now.

    --Kawika Heftel, on September 7th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

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