Nothing is ever what it appears. There is always a layer of illusion to almost everything. We all strive so hard to put our best foot forward and to never, ever let anyone see the flaws that we all have.
I was talking this week to one of my friends about this very thing. Have you noticed how social media has changed the way we view people? I love seeing everyone’s pictures of their children but have you noticed that the pictures we normally get to see are the ones where they are clean, dressed, and looking like angels? We very seldom see them covered in mud, running through the house stark naked, or rolling on the ground fighting with their sibling. Which one of those pictures do you think would be the most accurate picture? While both pictures are true I bet one happens more than the other.
How about traveling and vacations? I love seeing people on vacation and having a wonderful time. I get to experience places that I have never been through their pictures. But what we don’t see is all the other 50 weeks of the year when they are working their butts off to make enough money to go on those vacations. We don’t see the work, the tiredness, the sacrifices. We see wonder and joy and happiness. Sometimes we see all those things thru green eyes of jealousy. Why can’t I go there, why don’t I make enough money, why can’t I be happy?
I know of a family that looks to have it all. They seem to have a great marriage, they seem to have a lot of money, they seem to travel a lot, and they seem like the “All-American family.” Because I know this family well, I also know they have had their troubles and trials. I know they struggle with some extended family members. My point is that EVERYBODY has problems. EVERYBODY has things in their life that they would rather not broadcast on social media.
I love social media, I think it is a wonderful avenue to keep us all involved with each other. I feel like I know people that I have never met just by being friends with them on FaceBook. But we all need to remember that this is “the best foot forward” part of someone’s life. No one is perfect and no one is always happy.
The next time you find you eyes glazing over with the “green-eyed” monster just remember that you are only seeing a layer, not the whole onion.
Have A Blessed Day!