« Ask and then listen | Main | Celebrate »
Tuesday
May172016

Problems

"If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back."
 
--Regina Brett  
   
I love going on walks and doing one of my favorite things: looking at other people's houses. I like seeing how other people live and I especially like finding the rooms that are well-decorated and tidy but still have some signs of the lives that happen within.  
 
The one thing I have to be careful of, though, is that I tend to assume that the occupants, based simply on decor I admire or a cute front porch, have idyllic and uncomplicated lives. 
 
I imagine that they never yell at their kids. Or, that, because they have drapes I envy, they have more money than they'll ever need. Or, that they probably have healthy meals on the table every night--and their well-adjusted kids happily eat those healthy meals.
 
This type of thinking can quickly lead to a not-so-great place (think jealousy, despair, exhaustion). That's why I love this quote. After all, I have no idea what's really going on inside those walls.  
 
And, when I stop to think about what goes on inside the walls where I live, I realize that what we have--though more often than not I'm greeted by discarded kid shoes in our entryway--is pretty darned close to what I want.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>