I thank God everyday for my life
and you would, too.
Alexis Bellino, Real Housewife of Orange County
Can’t wait to see The Great Gatsby movie as I love the high style and ebullience of the flapper era. If I had a dedicated suitor who woos me with lavish parties and treats, my husband beware!
As an observer of human nature like Nick Carraway, I am impressed to hear about a plain and plump mother of four (obviously not this Powerful Goddess here) who lives in a creaky old house with one bathroom. I asked, “Is she happy?”– thinking that for all my optimism, I need certain comforts. I was assured she glows from being adored by her affectionate children and husband, holding hands even when they watch TV and still spooning as they sleep after 30 years together. I think of how some women with greater material wealth live with far less contentment and I’m reminded of what I call “The Great Leveler”–our tendency to compare and make ourselves miserable dwelling on what isn’t, what we don’t have, what can’t be. And we’re not just comparing ourselves with next door neighbors these days. Reality TV raises the bar each week, fueling our discontent with indulgent husbands and the fairytale lifestyles of “Real Housewives.”
Great Leveler or not, there is some comfort in knowing that we actually hold the key to our bliss. In every moment, we have the power to choose gratitude and seek the gifts of what is, what we have, and what can be regardless of what life brings.
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© Sharon Birke
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