Thursday, March 12, 2015

some thoughts

^me and sweet baby Crew in front of the Raleigh Temple


Isn't it insane that in one moment, your mind can twist everything you love about your life and everything you love about yourself into completely shambles?  The fact that Satan is so real and that he can turn all those wonderful things into complete mush is ridiculous.

This happened to me recently after a few somethings occurred, and I was thrown because this rarely happens to me.  I feel like I'm a pretty grounded and confident person, and I usually have so many other thoughts (and things) going on, that I don't have time to think these kinds of thoughts.

So...after a 3 minute cry sesh....I thought, you know what?  This isn't going to happen.  I have way more important and productive things to be doing.   

Here's what you do if those thoughts ever creep into your mind...

*  In that moment, think about everything you have to be grateful for....for everything that is so good and so sweet in your life.  Do it right then and right there.  And yes...there is always something good.

*  Pray with all your might that that moment will turn itself around for good so that you can get on with it, and do some good for yourself, your family, and for other people.

and 

*  To quote Brigham Young, "If you have a bad thought about yourself, tell it to go to hell because that is exactly where it came from." ^And might I add (a bad thought about your situation).

Sometimes you have to experience that moment of BLAH to truly appreciate the amazing moments.  The next day brought sunshine, a walk with a really great friend, some of the best snuggles with my baby (there is literally nothing more important than a snuggle snooze with a baby), and a text message from someone that was so obviously inspired to send a very thoughtful message my way.

And to leave you with a quote so beautiful....


11 comments :

Helene in Between said...

i often forget to be grateful for the things I have in my life. And I need to change that. I have so much, thanks for the reminder!

Catie D. said...

Well said!

Catie D. said...

Apparently my Google account has me as Catie D instead of Catie Wiggins haha

Karen said...

I love this!! And those quotes. Thank you for sharing, I think I needed to hear this today.

K. Britt said...

I needed those quotes this week! Thanks, Ashley!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

Thank you for sharing Ashley, though I am sad to hear you have been struggling I think your perspective is beautiful. I truly believe it is our struggles that allow us to see how beautiful the world is! I'm happy you were able to tell your negative thoughts to "go to hell" and turn your perspective around (:

Cami Hall said...

This post just made me tear up... in front of other people!

First off that picture at the beginning of your post is Positively Adorable! (and that was going to be the extent of my comment until I read your post).

Thank you for this post. Sincerely. From the very bottom of my heart.

Since having my first child I have been struggling hard with post-partum depression. Most days now are good, but this week brought some really down days where I didn't believe in myself, I couldn't see my worth to my husband or daughter, and I didn't understand WHY I was doing all this... Now that the days are better it's easier to see, but on hard days as much as I want to see the good- I really can't.

I am printing this post out and hanging it in my bedroom! (is that creepy??) Because I want to make sure that the next time I have a down day I can follow those three steps in order to make the day a little brighter and bring the Spirit to my soul.

A mushy comment, but really though... this post touched my heart. Thank you!

And that quote! Love it!

Cami Hall said...

This post just made me tear up... in front of other people!

First off that picture at the beginning of your post is Positively Adorable! (and that was going to be the extent of my comment until I read your post).

Thank you for this post. Sincerely. From the very bottom of my heart.

Since having my first child I have been struggling hard with post-partum depression. Most days now are good, but this week brought some really down days where I didn't believe in myself, I couldn't see my worth to my husband or daughter, and I didn't understand WHY I was doing all this... Now that the days are better it's easier to see, but on hard days as much as I want to see the good- I really can't.

I am printing this post out and hanging it in my bedroom! (is that creepy??) Because I want to make sure that the next time I have a down day I can follow those three steps in order to make the day a little brighter and bring the Spirit to my soul.

A mushy comment, but really though... this post touched my heart. Thank you!

And that quote! Love it!

Caroline said...

Sending you extra tight virtual hugs! It's so sucky when our minds take over sometimes, but you're absolutely right - perspective is everything.

Caroline said...

Sending you extra tight virtual hugs! It's so sucky when our minds take over sometimes, but you're absolutely right - perspective is everything.

Kayla MKOY said...

Those words of advice are literally perfect and that B Young quote is PERFECTION! I need to remember that. I believe that something good will come from every bad situation. I know that first hand!

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