Things to Think About This Week: Others’ Lives Seem Perfect…Or Are They?



Marie Shriver has a new book out entitled I’ve Been Thinking…. I just started reading it and what I’ve read is wonderful.

I came across the following bit that I thought was excellent to keep in mind:


…Because, let’s face it: Life is one hell of a roller coaster ride. At times we feel totally in charge of the journey and love the ride. At other times we feel completely overwhelmed and want to get off. Throught out our lives, we’re by turns strong, then weak. We’re quite sure we know what we’re doing, and then we’re utterly and totally lost. We feel elated, and then depressed. We act powerfully, then feel like victims.   We’re buoyed by courage, then scared out of our wits. We feel a part of a community, and then we feel totally alone. We take pride In our accomplishments, then want to crumble with shame over our mistakes…


With that paragraph, Marie Shriver sums up all of Life’s experiences for each one of us. It’s comforting to know that we “common folk” aren’t the only ones tossed about by Life; the achievers, the successes, are just as thrown about as we are!

The next time you want to envy someone who seems to have a better job, more money, or a better family, remember Maria Shriver’s wise observations, not to take them down a peg but rather to understand that we are all equals on our journey here on Earth..

Your Friend and Pep Pal,



2 thoughts on “Things to Think About This Week: Others’ Lives Seem Perfect…Or Are They?”

  1. It’s comforting to have a strong accomplished woman admit that sometimes she feels weak and afraid just like everyone else does and that is just the way life is. Life is full of contrast, ups and downs, successes and failures, and if we can accept all of it, it’s a way of accepting all of ourselves, and what a relief that is.

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  2. You are so right, Julie. Maria Shriver’s new book is resonating with me and I think you’d like it, too. I hope your library has it! Thanks for your comment!
    Your Friend and Pep Pal,


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