Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It's okay.

I feel like we live in a world that slips by in a hurry. We are all so busy. Everything is so fast paced. How quickly can I get from point A to point B? How fast can I make it in and out of this store? Which line will get me through the fastest? How many things can I cram into my day? How many THINGS can I check off my list? How fast can this problem be fixed?

How quickly can you bounce back to your "old self"?
How soon until you act normal?

I've realized something.

It's okay to put the laundry down or step away from the dishes.
It's okay to hold your babies when they just want to be held.
It's okay to wait in line or be last.
It's okay to walk sometimes instead of running.
It's okay to pass the sign up sheet this once.

It's okay to hurt.
It's okay to cry.
It's okay to be confused, and angry, and scream.
It's okay to let others in and show your emotions.
It's okay to be sad and mourn a loss.
It's okay to talk about and remember those we've lost.

Our world moves so quickly that I feel like society looks down upon those who slow down or take a break; look down upon those who have fallen and stretch before getting back up; look down upon those who walk until they work up to a run. I realized that all of those things are okay. It is a part of healing, learning, and growing.


  1. Julie- thanks for this lovely blog and post. Not a day goes by that I don't just stop a moment overcome with grief, cry a little. This brief time each day I realize what you all feel all day. I am so blessed to know each of you, I've been encouraged by your strength and blessed that you've all opened up about your feelings. This summer, I had several opportunities to talk to people at church, at camps while waiting on the kids, the pool etc. Usually I just focus on the 4 kids in my charge, but this summer I noticed many people alone and I've talked to them, smiled basically did what I don't normally do, all the while thinking of precious Nathan and hoping that me being kind will help someone else. Whether it does or not, I know this, I'm a better person and closer to the path our Savior wants for us. I carry each of you in my heart and remember my gratitude for your friendship in my daily prayers. Love you- Kareena

  2. Beautiful picture! When I was a young mom, I gave the same RS lesson as a teacher at least two or three times. The quote I remember from it is, "The work will wait while you show your child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work." I thought of this as I read your post this morning. What a thoughtful post. You are a fabulous mom! You love your children and you love others so much! I love you!

  3. Very wise indeed. Thanks for sharing. I am inspired.