Life Is Dirty

by Sherry Riter in Happiness,Lessons of Life

Life is Dirty

Nobody has the perfect life. Often we look at famous people and think that if we just had their money, house, wife, husband, children, etc. etc. etc. etc. THEN we would be happy.

Well, that isn’t the reality of living.

First of all, you are you for a reason. There is only one of you which makes being you pretty special. Maybe you aren’t liking you or your life. Well, I guarantee that you are not the only one feeling that way.

Life is filled with experiences that do not come with an instruction manual on how to make it through them with a big smile on your face or even to succeed. Trials and tribulations abound at every turn and often create tension, stress and unhappiness. There is no escape. The only way to get through is to dig in and live…one way or another. Your choices may not always be the best and you will make mistakes, but just keep trying.

There are some people who must endure more hardships than others. It may be inequitable, but it is just a fact of existing. An ancient Chinese proverb states:

“A gem cannot be polished without friction,

nor a man perfected without trials.”

Maybe you’re like me and think, I do not want to be polished or perfected! High Five to you my friend. I think the whole experience of getting dirty in the mire is not only a drag, but way too hard for wimps and I’m the Queen of Wimps. While trying to make my own self feel better this evening, I read:

“What seems to us as bitter trials

are often blessings in disguise.”
~Oscar Wilde~

I’ve had so many trials during the last few years that I couldn’t make them all fit in a giant dump truck and I know that I’m not alone in the hardships. If bitter trials are blessings, then I’m going to end up with one HUMONGOUS blessing in life. Right?


I have many blessings already and just recently God granted my daughter a longer life on this planet with me. Should I be satisfied and just smile all the time since I’m loaded with blessings?

Hmmmm…probably, but I don’t think that is human nature and I haven’t progressed to that point either. Each day, however, we need to make a concerted effort to recognize the good in our lives and ourselves no matter how hard it may be to do. We also need to express our thanks to those people in our lives who love us and sacrifice for us. A more thankful heart will become tolerant of those around us because the knowledge that everyone has tough times will remain prevalent in our minds.

While I struggle through my trials here and you struggle with your trials there, we can find peace knowing that…

We ARE special.

God DOES love us.

This WILL pass.

Life IS dirty, but we have the tools, big machines and the power to move the dirt.


Your friend in the mud,

The Redhead Riter

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mi$$.Britty July 14, 2010 at 4:01 am

I LOOOOOVE this post. This relates to my life in so many ways right now… and always. This is a true message and you've summed it up well! I needed to hear this. Thank you!


2 the mrs. July 14, 2010 at 5:21 am



3 Sylace July 14, 2010 at 7:09 am

I enjoyed this. This is the kind of stuff I like to think about. Real things, but positive ones, to try and make each day a little better.


4 Maggie S July 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Very timely for my life. Thank you so much.


5 Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue July 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Boy did I need this post. Right on time for me and my "dirt pile" 😉


6 katlupe July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

This is so true! It is just that many times we think bad times are only happening to us.


7 Cynthia Schuerr July 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Thank you for the reminder once again. I recently visited that deep dark hole in my head and was certain it would be easier to swallow the pills and go to sleep. I am counting my blessings instead and these reminders are so important.

I'm grateful to you:-)


8 rugbymom July 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Iron Sharpens Iron, sister! 🙂


9 Lisa July 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I really needed to reeed this today, thank you 🙂



10 Together We Save July 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I hope you dig out of the mud you are in soon!! I love this post!


11 Pedaling July 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm


those quotes are right on.


12 MeritK July 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Just thought I would "Rite" to say – great insights in this post. I appreciate the reminders and love your blog (and nickname) Moose! But I do not understand why you are an albino moose and not a Red Moose when you morph! (I too glow in the dark BTW!)


13 Teresha@Marlie and Me July 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I couldn't have said it better myself!


14 Holly July 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Toward the end of this post I explain the meaning behind my blog title. It fits so well with this post. Yes, my life is a roller-coaster… but in the end, I intend to be a diamond!


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