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"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.

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