Ryan wrote this for our family several years ago. He wanted to remind us that the everyday ‘victories’ are important. He wanted us to stay strong and be committed to having a successful life. The following is what was read at his funeral. I wanted this to be the first post of our new blog, afterthevitory.com. In Ryan’s memory and honor, I am going to blog about different ways we can be successful and accomplish those everyday ‘victories.’ ———–
On the last day of my mission in Spain, I had an opportunity to ask my Mission President Lindon Robison a question that I had struggled with my entire mission. The question was, why do great men fall? We see examples all around us. Some of the biggest examples of this to me are King David, Oliver Cowdery and the early apostles of the church, and the most intimidating is the many great men that will fall in the future. This was President Robison’s response:
I thought of lots of answers, when he loses the spirit, when he stops accomplishing the fundamentals of the gospel, but his answer was surprising to me.
“It is after a victory…”
This has set in deep in my thoughts now for over six years and I am trying to apply the meaning to my life. The phrase can be the start of a statement; After the victory…
This shows your thoughts toward the future; your mindset to how you will handle yourself after your success.
The phrase can also be the end of a statement or the answer to a question: …After the victory.
This shows humility, wisdom, and motivation to aim past the victories we accomplish in our daily lives, to continue to the next victory. How often do we try to start a set of good habits and accomplish what we want for a week, pat ourselves on the back, then take a break because we did so well, only to find that we never gain the victory over those accomplishments the next week? One of my most favorite quotes is “It is easier to be 100% committed than 99% committed.”-Thomas S. Monson
At first I thought my victory hasn’t come yet. I was waiting for my “success” story that would bring me financial security, the home I want, the lifestyle I want, all in the meantime knowing that I will be aware of pride and my vulnerability after that victory. It is important for those kinds of victories but the best kind of application for this phrase is the small victories we need to accomplish each day.
After our victories, don’t take a break, because it is after the victory that we truly have a success or not.
The Conch Shell as a Symbol
The conch shell has survived as the original horn trumpet since time immemorial. Ancient Indian epics describe how each hero of mythical warfare carried a mighty white conch shell. As a proclaiming battle horn, the conch served as an emblem of power, authority and sovereignty whose blast was believed to banish evil spirits, avert natural disasters, and scare away poisonous creatures.
It has also served as a symbol of absolute truth, financial success, and good fortune.
As an insignia of royalty in many cultures, it has been common practice for people employed with the royalty to either carry it or paint it on their garb to provide protection.
In Eastern cultures, it is said to represent Buddha’s deep and resonant voice. The conch is one of the five weapons to destroy evil forces. Whenever the shell is blown, it is said to purify the environment from all evil effect, and increase the positive qualities in the atmosphere such as courage, hope, determination, will-power, and optimism. Its call is said to awaken one from ignorance and announce…
the victory of good over evil.