How many times have you thought, “I want to be like her?”
I admit that I’ve done it a lot in life. Many times it has been with people particularly successful in a certain area. Bloggers who have a large audience; authors who write and sell a lot of books; people who have a lot of friends; designers with beautiful houses; teachers who have a particular way with words; leaders who always seem so on top of things.
Success can come with its own unintended hardships. Sometimes we don’t really want to be like that after all.
It’s good to realize that you’re often only seeing a small area of someone’s life. While some people have achieved something remarkable, it’s not always a full picture of their life and their happiness.
I’ve found that the more I get to know people, the more I admire those people who live relatively simple lives. I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading stories from my own family history and writing histories of grandparents, and these histories show that there is something beautiful and wonderful in a seemingly uneventful life.
My Grandma Jane, pictured above, never had a lot of, well, most things. But I admire her so very much. She isn’t perfect, but she tries, and that’s what matters. She didn’t have an easy life, but she made the best of it. I admire for her perseverance through trial, her prayers and reliance on the Lord, and all the times I have enjoyed her company.
When you see a picture of someone’s entire life, you realize that joy in life doesn’t come from succeeding in a specific goal, making a lot of money, or achieving fame. Simple service, improvement, and learning are more important. Sometimes our greatest successes are never seen by other people.
And I’ve realized through studying the lives of my ancestors and grandparents that family really is so very important. The reason they are remembered is because they had children and grandchildren who loved them.
Fame and success ends, but family doesn’t.