When my body wakes up with stress at 3am most nights, after worrying through my own life, I tend to worry about the state of the world. Injustice. Intolerance. Violence. Hate. Corruption. At this point in our lives, we can’t help but go there. It’s frankly overwhelming. But sitting down and watching the Golden Globes last night gave me hope. For the first time in my life, I’m starting to see people using their privilege to send a message that the world can’t help but hear. People who aren’t afraid of pushback or judgment or consequence. Wear black. Use the Me Too hashtag. Tell a story. Listen to someone else’s story. I was getting emotional at the promise of actual change.

It was this experience that affirmed my word for 2018: pursue. I refuse to ignore my opportunity to use my privileges to make the world a better place. I don’t want to be afraid to act or speak. I will not waste the promise of this year for me or anyone else. So I will pursue. Pursue education. Pursue listening. Pursue challenge. Pursue health. Pursue the other. Pursue heart. And pursue my Savior with greater vigor than ever before. Because we shouldn’t ignore promise. We shouldn’t ignore people. We shouldn’t ignore our ability to make a difference. So I will pursue.

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