Thursday, December 3, 2009

Blog Envy (do you know what I'm talking about?)

Someone made a comment to me the other day that really got me thinking! She mentioned how she had been struggling in her marriage, she was trying to stay close to her friends and not alienate herself during this difficult time, but she mentioned how it was really hard because all of her friends lives "seem" so perfect. In this crazy world of blogging, facebook, etc... we often times think, "WOW, look how great THEIR life looks". We see friends blogs and pictures of their families and at times start to feel less adequate, like they have it better than us. I think that most of us at some point have thought, "gee, the grass sure looks greener on the other side."

I found this quote today and loved it...

"When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, I start watering my own lawn."


How great is that quote! I completely agree with it. When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, is it going to do 'our grass' any good to sit there and stare at our neighbors? We've got to focus on nurturing our own lives, accepting our shortcomings, work on improving them, and acknowledge our strengths, accomplishments, and blessings!

So here are some confessions about my life (one's generally not shared on my blogs;)

1. My brown hair in the picture above is now my natural color, I was blonde as a kid, but the older I get and the more babies I have the darker my hair gets (currently my hair is blonde, hehe:)

2. I am far from having it "all together", FAR!!!

3. I am not rich, but I am rich in the things that matter most

4. I don't have a perfect marriage and I am not the perfect wife or mother

5. I often struggle with daily reading my scriptures and praying (but I am making big improvements in this area)

6. I swear, yep, I try not to do it too often or in front of my kids, but I have been known to throw down some not so lady like language when I am mad or frustrated (p.s. I HATE the "f" word, but sadly will admit that I have said it once or twice)

7. It is 11am, I am still in my pj's (although that isn't usually the case), my sink is full of dirty dishes, and my kitchen floor really needs to be swept

8. I have loads of laundry calling my name!!! Laundry to wash, laundry wet needing to be dried, laundry that needs to be folded, and laundry that needs to be put away (usually my husband does the laundry but he is so busy with work lately that he just doesn't have time, so it is my chore for now, YAY me)

9. I weigh 10 pounds more than I would like to, I don't love to work out, but I do love how great working out makes me feel, my biggest problem is my SERIOUS SWEET TOOTH!!!

10. There are times that I think the grass looks greener on the other side while looking at others lives, but I am learning that we ALL have our struggles and trials, no one is perfect no matter how perfect things might appear

{Just some of my thoughts from today!}



thepainterfamily said...

i agree my friend!

negative thoughts (from the ultimate negative source) find any way possible to invade our minds and happiness. :)

Getting caught in the comparison trap is no good. (we've all had that experience though)

it's just so much nicer to let the good things around us inspire us instead of bring us down!

Elaine said...

Oh, I am SO with you on #9.... Working out isn't as fun as sitting down and eating a big plate of cookies! :)

And that quote is SO good! We should all remember that.