Assertiveness (A Poem)

“Use boldness, but not overbearance.”
-Alma 38:12

If there’s a problem, address it!
Don’t be so passive-aggressive
When experiencing inner resentment
Express your discontentment

Incidents of frustration
Can require some conversation(s)
(I know it can be uncomfortable
To let yourself be vulnerable)

If you’re wanting to be heard
Be cautious with your words
No insults or being sarcastic
(Contempt can be so caustic)

Still, don’t sugarcoat your view
Seek to speak the truth
Be firm, but also gentle
(Plus, timing is essential)

Some things you just let go
But if it matters, then no
When there are truly problems
These are some ways to solve them
πŸ™‚

PS: Many of these ideas were inspired by a book called “The Assertiveness Guide For Women” by Dr. Julie Hanks. I helped her research for and write the book πŸ™‚

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Metacognition (A Poem)

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“Your thoughts are the architects of your destiny.”

-David O. McKay

Think about your thoughts
What do they say to you?
(The messages they’re sending
May not always be true)

Which ones are simply fleeting
What are your fixations?
Where’s your mental energy?
Your (too high?) expectations

Related are emotions
Priorities revealed
Your life is heav’ly influenced
By what you choose to feel

You’ve only got so much
Of your care to go around (it’s a)
Good idea to jettison those
Thoughts that bring you down

Don’t underestimate the power
and importance of self-talk
If needed, make adjustments
Some changes to your thoughts!

“Got me analyzing everything that
ain’t worth thinking ’bout.”

-Kacey Musgraves

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If I Had A Windfall (a poem)

If I had a windfall
I’d spend it on debt
Been working those payments
Still not quite there yet

It’s steady but slow
We’ve had some delays
Job losses and changes
Two babes on the way πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

But still, there’ve been vict’ries
And blessings galore
When you do good with small things
The Lord gives you more

Proud of our progress
The headway we’ve made
Now, back to my work
So I can get PAID!
😊

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Own Your Insecurities (a poem)

“There rises…a longing to inquire about the mystery of this heart.”
-Matthew Arnold ‘The Buried Life’

Own your insecurities
State them and be clear (don’t)
Smother your emotions
Identify your fear

Be open and be honest
Tell yourself the truth
Own your insecurities
So that they don’t own you

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Not My Load To Carry (a poem)

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“[Ye] cannot bear all things now…”
-Doctrine & Covenants 50:40

Not my load to carry (it’s not)
My burden to bear
Sorry if it’s heartless, (don’t have)
Energy to care

My heart soaks up emotions
I get myself involved
Need better boundary maint’nance (there are)
Problems I can’t solve

Mourn with those who mourn
But not if it’s just me
Help me to be wise and to
Discern my energies

Sometimes we’re the answer
To someone else’s pleading (some)
Times we simply can’t provide
What someone else is needing

Can actually do more good
Can be a better steward (when I)
Realize limitations
And leave them to the Lord
πŸ˜€

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A Different Start (a poem)

“No pain that we suffer, no trial we experience is ever wasted.” -Orson Whitney

Every time that you’ve been burned
Take it as a lesson learned
Accept the setback, feel defeat
Anytime that you’ve been beat

Sound sappy? Over-optimistic?
(Why can’t you be realistic?!)
Grieve, shed tears, and even wallow
Know that there’s a new tomorrow

It comes down to it, YOU decide (if)
You’ll stay down or take it in stride
Even if/when you’ve been wronged
Will you be weaker or be strong?

And if need, then admit things suck
But even then, you ARE NOT STUCK!
Not a pawn of circumstance
Always have another chance

So after pain has thrown your heart
Wake up to a different start
Look up to your heavenly source
And *happiness* can soon be yours
😊

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Proactivity (Mini Poem)

“[Wo]men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause,
and do many things of their own free will.”
-Doctrine & Covenants 58:27

See a need and meet it
(Don’t wait to be asked)
Look at what is lacking
Do the undone task!

“[S]he that is compelled in all things,
the same is a slothful…servant”
-Doctrine & Covenants 58:26

πŸ™‚

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