Summer is cruising along, and sometimes I wonder how everyone has time to do “all the fun stuff.” Social media is the modern culprit showcasing vacations, fishing trips, immaculate yards, and general adventures. Somehow it’s easy to buy into the idea that smiling faces against a summer sky always equal happiness — perfection even. And while I certainly hope my friends are happy in their photos, I know real life is more than that. I know it with my head anyway. Most people don’t post a picture of their messy kitchen or the disaster in the back yard even though these are just as real as the smiling faces on vacation.
I’m pretty sure it’s not just a modern problem either. Before social media there were still photo albums, magazines, travel shows, and even handwritten letters. It’s woven somewhere in human nature to think the grass is greener on the other side. My feelings tell me I’m the only one living in hopeless disaster while everyone else carries on like a Better Homes and Garden special feature.
But stop — wait a minute!
Don’t I also put my best forward for others to see? Could someone else even be envious of my little spot in the world inspite of my sink full of dirty of dishes and the endless work hours of the last few days?
The real issue isn’t about what I have or what you have or what we both don’t have. It’s about being grateful wherever we are and supporting others instead of worrying about whether they are better off.
We just finished our first cutting of hay at the farm last night — with several break downs along the way — and right now I am tired and I feel behind. I know my to-do list is large, but I needed to write this today to remind myself to be thankful. The most fulfilled people I know don’t have easier circumstances or more things. They do have an attitude of positivity and gratefulness.
Nobody does fun stuff all the time, even when our culture and endless media dares us to believe otherwise. It’s normal to feel down sometimes. But when I let God keep my heart in the right place, it’s then I can find beauty and joy are present in much of what I do. (Even when it looks like a rainy mess!)