This last month or so has been really good for me mentally and emotionally. I am learning to compare myself less...judge others less...and love more. I feel like my heart and mind has been freed from toxic thoughts that I was letting define myself.
I am learning to submit myself more to others...to celebrate their victories...and give without expecting so much in return.
A quote from the book Celebration of Discipline spoke directly to my heart on this topic:
In submission we are at last free to value other people. Their dreams and plans become important to us. We have entered into a new, wonderful, glorious freedom--the freedom to give up our own rights for the good of others. For the first time we can love people unconditionally. We have given up the right to demand that they return our love. No longer do we feel that we have to be treated in a certain way. We rejoice in their successes. We feel genuine sorrow in their failures. It is of little consequence that our plans are frustrated if their plans succeed. We discover that it is far better to serve our neighbor than to have our own way.So this season's chalkboard wall is a perfect reflection at where I am at in life right now.
I can have what I want in life...I just have to water it.