Thursday, May 13, 2010

Shame On Me

I spent the better part of my day yesterday moping around and feeling sorry for myself for being so absolutely burned out. I took my frustrations out on C, the last person in the world who deserved that. My level-headed, balanced husband e-mailed me about a video from one of my favorite bloggers, and mentioned that I should take a look at it. It is absolutely incredible.

Stephanie Nielsen is an inspiration to so many people, including myself. I can't believe her optimism, love, faith, and endurance. I would have crumpled a long time ago. My favorite thing is that she is real. Life isn't always a field of daisies, and to ignore the pain would be counter-productive. The best thing is to just remember that "life is to be enjoyed, not merely endured." Gordon B. Hinckley

So, how do you keep your chin up when times are tough?


  1. love it, i have neaver heard of her, but wow! i would have cried had i seen that a few months ago. thanks for sharing, makes us count our you! keeping chin up can be so hard, but there is always tomorrow, there is always improvement to be made, our work is never done, we can only do our best...i keep it up by knowing those things and knowing that god is my support and will get me through everything.

  2. Oh I have been dealt hard times lately, and have had a lot of practice in keeping my chin up. Sometimes I can do it, and others I can't. My husband was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive terminal illness in March of this year. After overcoming the initial grief, everyday I have to give myself a pep talk to keep my chin up. Stephanie is SUCH an inspiration, as others like Joni Erickson Tada who is so inspiring with her positive attitude. Every morning I wake up and have a pity party, then I pray to God and ask to "borrow His smile" as Joni puts it, and face my day. Sometimes all it takes is someone else's testimony to give us perspective on our situation! I hope you get some rest and feel refreshed soon!

  3. Stephanie, you're an inspiration yourself! I love the "borrow His smile" request. It's such a real strength that comes from trusting in God. Thank you for sharing your story and bringing a taste of optimism to my day!