This past weekend, I saw the new 3D film, Coraline. The film surrounds a parallel world where children are lured, using the parts of the their life that they aren't happy with. For Coraline, her parents never paid attention to her, so "Other Parents" were created to entice her. What a concept, huh?
On my way home, I started thinking about my own life. While I know that there isn't a parallel world waiting behind my closet door, there are numerous temptations in real life. That's how perfectly reasonable adults get caught up in things they shouldn't, and before they know it--they're in an extramarital affair, or a life of crime, or some other horrible thing.
A big part of it is envy, and I think we all have it, to some extent. I know that I've looked from afar at someone's life and said, "Wow, why am I not a stay at home mom?" or "How come SHE can buy whatever she wants, and seemingly never run low on funds?" If you allow these kinds of thoughts to seep into your mind, you end up feeding and nurturing them, and they grow like weeds. Next thing you know, you've sold your soul to the Devil and you STILL aren't happy.
I'm learning to embrace my life, the way that it is. I may not have everything I want, but I want everything i have. I may not be where I want to be, but I'm grateful that I'm not where I once was. I may not lead a life of great riches, but I am loved and blessed with a great family and wonderful friends.
What about you? Do you have parts of your life that you would willingly trade off? Would you REALLY or is it just talk?