enough is enough

Okay, Charlotte. Life hasn't gone how you thought it would the past little while, and you know, it's been hard. And then the other day you found yourself feeling like you'd been punched in the stomach: that one thing happened that just compounded everything and made everything feel like it was crashing in on you.

But you know, in spite of all that, even though you've been feeling so out of control of your life lately, you've experienced miracles--true miracles. In the moments when you've felt the most alone, you've been reminded of how many people love you and are rooting for you. You've been blessed with a heightened ability to see the beautiful things in your life. You have beyond incredible friends and a seriously amazing family.

Let's reassess your miraculous life:
  • It's a real miracle that you're doing as well as you are. You've kept a sense of who you are and what you deserve from life. Your functioning of the past few days has been a direct answer to prayer--it's not you. It's 100 percent the Atonement.
  • You've been blessed with an increased ability to better understand and implement the Atonement. Your faith is stronger than you thought.
  • You have motivation for school. You like your classes, you like your job--you want to excel. You know you have a future. You remember what Sister Holland said: "The future holds everything for us."
  • You have a great calling (compassionate service committee member). You have the opportunity to step outside of yourself and serve others.
  • You've realized that you can take control of your uncontrollable life and make to-do lists and put together motivational playlists on your iPod. You want to clean the bathroom, do your laundry, pick up your room, and be productive.
  • At the same time, you know that it's okay to be sad sometimes. You don't have to be 100 percent okay right away or all the time. You're dealing with deep disappointment, and that won't go away overnight.
So, Charlotte, enough is enough. Decide now to be happy. Keep an eternal perspective. Have faith. Live your beautiful and miracle-filled life. You're not broken.

I hate to see you cry
lying there in that position.
There's things you need to hear,
so turn off your tears
and listen.

Pain throws your heart to the ground;
love turns the whole thing around.
No it won't all go the way it should,
but I know the heart of life is good.

You know, it's nothing new,
bad news never had good timing.
But, then your circle of friends
will defend the silver lining.

Pain throws your heart to the ground;
love turns the whole thing around.
No it won't all go the way it should,
but I know the heart of life is good.

Pain throws your heart to the ground;
love turns the whole thing around.
Fear is a friend who's misunderstood,
But I know the heart of life is good.
I know it's good.

~John Mayer, "The Heart of Life"

The heart of your life is good.


brooketolman said...

Way to be positive! I love you, your the best!

Jill said...

I am sorry that you're dealing with serious disappointment right now, but I am really impressed with your mature perspective on things.

michelle said...

1. I'm impressed with your ability to take a long-range view of whatever you're struggling with right now. And remember that Grandma says it's important to learn to deal with disappointment when you're young, no matter how hard it is.

2. I LOVE that song.

Tyler said...

I've always liked the poem "Worth While" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox...

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.

Charlotte, you're a cool gal. You can do it! :)

Pamski said...

Hang in there!! Love you!

paws said...

I could be wrong, but I smell a nasty breakup. :( Regardless (but especially in that case) I offer you a large dose of empathy and am sending prayers your way. May the force be with you!

Denise said...

I love this post, but I love you even more. You're one amazing girl, you. Can't wait to see you this weekend!

Miranda said...

This is a great post Charlotte. We all need to write ourselves a positive letter once in a while.

Diana said...

Charlotte you are so sweet, I love you!
I hope things are looking up for you. You have such a positive attitude. It really helps me when I am struggling so much right now.

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