May 25, 2012

The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It // Chalkboard Wall


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.



9 comments:

  1. Love this...hard lesson but rewarding lesson, it takes work daily and I am right there with ya! Love the art on this seasons chalk wall! I'm going to change mine today too :)

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  2. So true, sometimes we have to give in order to be and feel better, so glad you are already there.

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  3. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!!!! I can't express it enough... LLOOOOVVVVEE! That excerpt, ohhh man, I need to get this book!! I have thought about this quote ever since I saw it on your wall a couple weeks ago,... such truth!!

    xo

    ~Julia

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  4. I'm so glad that things have been going well! And good for you for banishing the toxic thinking that we all do, and finding your own happy place. :-) I'm looking forward to meeting you for real next weekend!!

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  5. Love the saying. And it rings so true! - Just a thought, am currently reading the book 'Shift Happens' (link to goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/674789.Shift_Happens_) and it is amazing with similar lessons as to what you mentioned at the beginning of the post and making life be what we want it to be. Just thought I would share :D

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  6. I need a chalkboard wall w/quotes...love the saying though, it's absolutely true :)

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  7. Great post Ashley, I have really been enjoying your blog, you are so talented!
    -Heidi Horch

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  8. Love the quote from the book! I think we grow and change our whole lives....life-long learning! I think we become much better people when we don't judge others...everyone has their own cross to bear in life! So spread the love is what I say! Angie xo

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