Often when I am with my children, complete strangers will walk and tell me how well-behaved my children are. They remark how mannerly they are or how lucky I am to have them. I always smile and say thank you. I smile because it is nice to be told that my children are behaving well. The words are a compliment to the work I am doing as a mother. Sometimes I smile because I know all the chaos at home that leads to the beautiful moment at hand.
There are many family situations where things look good on the surface, but all is crappy underneath. For example:
In the book Anna Karenina Tolstoy tells us that “happy families are all the same, but each unhappy families is unhappy in its own way.” It is important to keep these words in mind when you feel jealous of another family. You are on the outside looking in. You do not know the internal struggles of the family you think has greener grass. The fertilizer and mowing that family put into making their family successful is unknown, I have had friends marry and divorce after a few years. They tell me their marriages did not work because their husbands were not as good as mine. I feel sorry for them when I hear that. My husband and I put a lot of work into having a successful marriage. I know the arguments, the tears, the tongues that were bitten and the apologies that were given.
What if instead of being jealous you paid attention to your own family and put some work into making your family better? How would things be if instead of having an affair, you put time into seducing and romancing your spouse? Imagine how things would be if you stopped admiring other relationships. Instead, work to improve your attitude and to treat your family better. Grass usually does not grow lush, green, and strong without someone putting in the work to make it happen.
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