Cutting Back

I have been feeling overwhelmed occasionally. I would not suggest going to graduate school with a baby. But here I am. I don’t want to quit school and I love my baby. We are figuring it out, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t times when it is very hard.

Lately, I’ve been pondering this quote from President Russell Nelson:

Part of this endeavor will require you to put aside many things of this world. Sometimes we speak almost casually about walking away from the world with its contention, pervasive temptations, and false philosophies. But truly doing so requires you to examine your life meticulously and regularly. As you do so, the Holy Ghost will prompt you about what is no longer needful, what is no longer worthy of your time and energy.

As you shift your focus away from worldly distractions, some things that seem important to you now will recede in priority. You will need to say no to some things, even though they may seem harmless. As you embark upon and continue this lifelong process of consecrating your life to the Lord, the changes in your perspective, feelings, and spiritual strength will amaze you!

I’ve been wondering what I can cut back on and didn’t come up with any sort of answer for a long time. But yesterday as I was pondering, I wrote this list of things I need to cut back on.

  • Self-doubt, feeling inadequate
  • Past expectations
  • Not asking for help
  • Blaming others and myself
  • Perfectly clean garden or home
  • Tasks that don’t matter
  • Ignoring emotions that should be dealt with
  • Not thinking clearly
  • Forgetting to ask God for help

It’s okay to be busy. But it’s also good to remember to enjoy the flowers.


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