Friday, October 22, 2010

The Other Side


In the last 2 months that I've been sick and the last 2 weeks recovering from surgery, I've had plenty of time to throw some pitty parties. Poor me with 4 children 5 years old and younger and not able to care for them, and feeling miserable, and why couldn't I have been a mom earlier so I would be younger and strong? And...and...and...

Then in the last couple of days several of my friends have had awful things happen - major injuries to their children, husbands losing jobs, and suddenly it hit me that the grass really isn't greener on the other side. In fact, Elder Mervyn B. Arnold just said that earlier this month in LDS General Conference (where leaders from our church speak to us every 6 months) -

"The grass is never greener on the other side of the fence—nor will it ever be."

Of course, he was referring to sin, but I think it's true even when contemplating one's own challenges in life. It's sometimes hard to remember that the grass is not greener somewhere else or in some other version of one's life. This version of my life is the best version. My children are healthy, sweet and wonderful. Because of modern medicine I will be healed from my illnesses. I'm actually married (which I wanted for so long) and have the family I always dreamt of. And, by the way, my husband is kind, loving, supportive, and helps with the kids, the laundry, the dishes, and makes dinners. Shall I go on? Yes, this version of my life is where the grass is the greenest and right where I'm supposed to be.

5 comments:

L. said...

Good of you to bring that to our memories again. Sooooooo true! I hope you will get super well, soon!

And I, too, wished I had the body of a younger me yesterday when I tried out one of Jennie's exercise videos during which I could NOT do the jumping jacks, NOR run in place, NOR squat down while lifting weights. HA!

Sara Schumacher said...

:)

The Plastows said...

I sure love you!!!

Parker Family said...

Great comments, thanks!

Jen Johnson said...

I've had a few pitty parties myself. I love what you said and it is so true! It is a good frame of mind to be in! I hope you are healing well. My mouth is getting better, yeah! By the way, surgery is on for Nov. 3rd!