When I think of who I aspire to become, I begin by thinking about all the people that I admire and trust. My mother, my father, My grandparents. Then I think of all the noble and great men and women from the scriptures and history as well as men and women today who are leading in large and small ways. I am inspired by their stories and find so much to emulate.
Then I begin to think of all the people for whom I need to be noble, great, and worthy of admiration and trust. These give purpose and form to my aspirations.
For my children: I want to become a wise mother who chooses her battles and senses when enough is enough. Better yet, I want to be the kind of mother who teaches through example and inspiration, rather than compulsion and fear. I hope that they will never doubt that I love them. I want them to know I am imperfect because I tell them that I'm sorry when I make a mistake.
For my husband: I want to be his friend and confidant--a devoted companion and help-meet. I want him feel my love because I show him love unselfishly--in ways he understands. I want to be humble and helpful, fun and spontaneous--someone he truly enjoys being with.
For my family: I want to become a sister and daughter who reaches out to share life. I want to promote loyalty, unity, and love within my family bonds. I want to become a historian of our family culture and tradition. I want to become a strong link in the chain.
For my friends: I want to be the kind of friend who gives rather than receives. I want to keep confidences and inspire trust. I want become a listener rather than a speaker.
For my country: I want to become a defender of freedom, mainly by how I raise my children in our home. I want to become a patriot, willing to pay the last measure of devotion that I might give the gift of freedom to my children, grandchildren, and beyond.
For my Heavenly Father: I want to become a valiant disciple of Christ, one upon whom He can depend to follow and obey his word. I want Him to feel my love because of the way I live. I want to become a servant for Him.
For myself: I want to become educated--truly educated. I want to become enlightened. I want to become peaceful, even in the face of deep adversity. I want to become strong, even in the midst of deep waters. I want to become sensitive to the gentlest promptings of the spirit. I want to reason and intuit equally well. I want to become what God intended me to be.
Who knows what that is--what God intended me to be? But I have to assume that He expects greatness of me. I am His child. He has promised me everything He has. So ultimately, that is what I hope to become--everything He is.