A Beautiful Post from NieNie Dialogues

I was so touched by the beautiful words and sentiments expressed by fellow Mormon and Mommy Blogger, Stephanie Nielson, in her recent post titled Straight Fingers.

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I don’t know about you, but when my children see me on my hands and knees,
 they think I am being an adorable pony and they try and and get a ride.
That’s frustrating when you are already frustrated.
As I was cleaning red noodles off the ground,
{and shooing children off my back}
Charlotte was dropping more spaghetti- except it was going mostly in my hair…
{at least that was easier to clean up}.
Sometimes I get really frustrated and it was just one of those days.
Sometimes, usually at night when I am in bed and my life quiets down, I think.
Lots of times I think about my physical limitations, body image,
and the pain that fills those spaces.
I feel sorry for myself, then I cry, and then I snap out of it because
its my choice and I can.
I think it’s OK to feel sad sometimes.
It’s OK to cry and complain, but I have found that dwelling on something
 for long periods of time
{especially in a dark room} is a horrible way to live.
And I have found since it’s my choice to decide how I am going to live,
 I have chosen to be happy.   ~Stephanie Nielson
To me, these expressions feel timeless.  Her words carry an intrinsic authority because of the intense things she’s suffered.  I love her statement that it’s ok to cry and be upset when difficulties plague our lives.  But even more I love her acknowledgement that letting (even justified) sorrow take over  is  a miserable way to live.  Spoken by someone who truly knows and who has truly overcome, these words are  healing and rejuvenating.
Read the whole post HERE.  It’s inspiring and interesting on many other levels.  Thank you Stephanie for sharing your wisdom and goodness.



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