Friday, February 25, 2011

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Have you ever looked at a blog and wondered what it must be like to live next door to the blog author and see how things are in "real life"? Are you curious to know if their life is always as pretty as the photos on their blog? There are times that I feel like a bit of a hypocrite because while I post
The Good
, as in my recent front porch makeover.
What you don't see is The Bad,
the Christmas lights still out--but not on--at the end of February (I'm happy to report that I risked frost bite fingers
to finally un-wire these and put them away)
And then there is The Ugly,
leftovers that haven't been cleaned up since
decorating for a wedding in December.
(My husband and I both laugh and cringe at this sight.)
So why did I choose to post The Bad and The Ugly? Was it to relieve the pangs of hypocrisy? Perhaps. Was it to make you feel better about your real life messes? Possibly. But I think that it was mostly to remind us both that it's okay to look passed the bad and ugly in life to be able to see the good.
Last year we had so many crazy things go wrong in our life that one day my friend asked if I were keeping track of all of our of disasters. I sat down to write a list and decided that instead of writing of the bad things happening to us, I needed to make a list of what was going right. It was that list that helped us make it through the rough waters without totally sinking. We were able to find a balance of good along with the bad. In fact, the more we focused on the good the more there was to see. There is a lot of bad and ugly in this world but there is also so much good. Maybe that's one of the reasons why we like to look at all of the pretty pictures in magazines, catalogs and blogs. They portray a beautiful lifestyle, they give us relief from the ugly around us, they inspire us, and give us hope for something better.
No one has a perfect life. Everyone's life is a combination of good, bad, and ugly. But the more we look for the good and give it the attention it deserves the more we come to see that life really is what we choose to put our focus on.


Katie said...

Awesome post -- a great reminder to stay positive!

Andrea@ourbluefrontdoor said...

Love your post! SO true, we make our pics for our blogs look so beautiful and well organized, but it's just a picture, right? I was just telling my hubby I need to get these "messes" picked up and get this house in order.
You are right about focusing on the positive, a great reminder for all. Thanks for the wonderful words today, it really helped!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I love to hear about the real. My life is more than real believe you me! That is the nice thing about pictures....we can choose which ones to share!!

Becky said...

Thank you.

Daisy Chick said...

Thanks for the joy. As always your posts help me to refocus and be real.


I was just getting ready to turn in for the night but decided to check out a few blogs first. So glad I did, your post made me feel so good. It made me stop and think of all the good (not bad) things I have to be thankful for. And yes we really are so much alike.. we all have good bad and ugly in our lifes. We need to remember to not let the ugly get to us and focus on the good. Thanks again for being so honest.

Terri said...

What a great post. I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one with messes around that need cleaning up... Life is always a mixture of good and bad, happy and sad. If we didn't have to deal with the difficult stuff from time to time, would we really appreciate the good? Have a wonderful Saturday!

Donna said...

So true ~ the good, the bad, and the ugly. I like to stay focused on the good!

Anonymous said...

oh this is so good. thank you. I needed to read these words today.

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Well said and one of the reasons I started blogging!

Connie said...

A very good post. The positive - that is what we need to look at. When we see what is happening around us in this sinful world we can do no other than fall on our knees and be thankful for the good happenings in our lives. Thanks for the good reminder!

Erin said...

So, so true Joy. Thank you!

Marianne said...

Oh your post makes me feel so a new blogger I'm somewhat intimidated by all of the beautiful photos of everyones perfectly decorated and clean homes. Now I know the real secret!!

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