Health & wellbeing,  Personal growth

Your side of the fence

“So often we seek more fertile ground — that greener space on the other side of the fence. Where we fail to thrive and where we falter in our appreciation of the everyday is in this urge to be ‘there’ and not ‘here.'” ~Patti Digh, Your Daily Rock

The fear of missing out — imagining that there’s something better going on somewhere else — is a real thing. It can feel like being in junior high again, making us wonder if there’s yet another party we haven’t been invited to. Even as adults, we spend hours on social media, tracking what other people do (or have) instead of enjoying our own unique place in the world.

Truth is, the grass isn’t always greener elsewhere. How often have you landed on “the other side of the fence,” only to discover it wasn’t nearly as fabulous as you thought it would be? ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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