THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS – April 2016
Brene Brown says, “Go vulnerable or go home.” I am going vulnerable today. I have some work to do on myself, and this has been an excellent platform to use to really look at what is going on in my mind, and how to manage my own mind to create my life.
I am not getting enough sleep to help my body deal with mono. I have been doing some thoughtwork. It seems to me that I have some unmet needs. That makes sense, right? Is that true for you, too, when you can’t sleep at nights? Let’s look at this.
- I NEED SLEEP.
- I DON’T FEEL WELL AND I NEED SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF ME.
- I NEED TO FEEL PEACE ABOUT DECISIONS WE ARE MAKING ABOUT RETURNING TO SCHOOL.
Who have I been expecting to meet those needs in me:
- With Bry home, I thought he could take the children more so I could get more rest. I wanted and expected him to meet that need.
- I’ve made requests of Bryant, to take care of me. Make me an appointment with a massage therapist. Scratch my back. Massage my shoulders.
- Also I woke Bryant up last night to try and get him to help me feel peace over what the next few months look like for our family. I wanted him to meet that need for me, too. Poor guy.
How can I meet these needs, myself:
- I can set a time, every day, for my nap. During that time, the kids can watch a movie. Make it happen. Get it on the calendar. Every day.
- I will make my own appointment for a massage. And I will sit in the bathtub to loosen my muscles. And if Bry wants to scratch my back or massage my shoulders, if will be a gift rather than a demand met. Right?
- That peace needs to come from my own thoughts. And if I can’t get to peace, then I need to make some changes. Right? I want to do a thought download, trying to get some visibility on what is really going on inside my mind. “We take out all the sentences out of the brain and we have a look at them. We look at them outside of our brain and then we decide if we want to put them back in our brain on purpose or not.”
A little off the topic, but not really, I want to use the second half of my post to share some words from Elder Jeffrey R Holland:
“If in the days ahead, you not only see limitations in those around you but also find elements in your own life that don’t yet measure up… please don’t be cast down in spirit and don’t give up.
The gospel, the Church, and (it’s teachings) are intended to give hope and inspiration. They are not intended to discourage you. Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the (teachings of the Gospel) are depressing and unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses…
Well, don’t fall for that. With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed.”
And then this:
“My brothers and sisters, the first great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—that’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength.
That love is the foundation stone of eternity, and it should be the foundation stone of our daily life.
Indeed it is only with that reassurance burning in our soul that we can have the confidence to keep trying to improve, keep seeking forgiveness for our sins, and keep extending that grace to our neighbor.”
His love and His active attention is “the great constant in our lives”.
“So keep loving. Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.”