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Does Anyone You Know Really Have It All?

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Dec 4, 2013 9:03 PM

It never ceases to amaze me when the person I think has it all presents at least one big problem. Does anyone have a perfect life or no problems? I'm trying really hard to think of someone.

One person I know has a fantastic long marriage, beautiful appearance and personality, terrific adult children and cute grandbabies, material wealth, talent and intelligence galore, success in the past and present, but a serious health problem that always lingers no matter what....Another gorgeious, intuitive, creative, well-off woman is a widow in a beautiful, loving, committed relationship and she has a health problem which affects her on and off and nice grown children and grandchildren who have had a series of good and bad luck. Of course, if one's child isn't happy, that's a damper on everything in life.

Then, there's the man with the trophy wife, pretty good health, fair looks, a couple of million dollars worth of investments, intelligence up the kazoo, world travel for fun, a loving grown son, and a guilty conscience about what happened earlier in his life. He has to live with himself forever. Or, take the good-enough-looking woman with the usually-nice husband, more than enough money, a good relationship with her grown son, and a marriage with some problems plus a broken heart from long ago and a health history that predicts a high probability of dangerous times ahead. There's the high-paid executive with a fantastic marriage and major job insecurity.

If it's not health,or mental health, it's relationship, career, finance, or even past self-recriminations.

I just can't find perfection in anyone's life, hard as I try. Can you?

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