Give yourself a break: We’re all human

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sometimes the green-eyed monster will sneak up behind me and begin whispering in my ear, reminding me of all the “things” I do not have.

We will carry on a conversation together, sometimes for days, and then I follow it with a pity party.

Thankfully, my jealously eventually subsides as I start to consider all of my blessings.

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I hate to admit it, but once again, this week jealousy paid me a visit, and I listened to him for a bit.

This time, sooner rather than later, I began to feel exceedingly guilty for letting him bend my ear for even a minute.

I was lamenting to my sister-in-law about the little devils calling, and she reminded me there was nothing wrong with me, I was just human.

Being human, obviously does not give me the excuse to do as I please, but it does remind me that I am not going to act perfectly always.

My episode with jealousy got me thinking about Pope Francis and his visit to America.

Thousands have turned out to see this man who has chosen a more humble existence and shunned the finery typically permitted the leader of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has also not been one to point fingers or throw out harsh words of judgment to the people.

He just exudes love and forgiveness making him a living, breathing example of the message of Christ, making it apparent why all and not just the Catholic faith love him.

He seems to understand we are human and we are going to mess up, and boy do I mess up sometimes!

OK, so I told you the green-eyed monster had a hold of me this week, but what I haven’t said yet is that something else did too — blessings of my family and friends.

This week in addition to my green-eyed visitor, I also experienced the wealth of friendship.

I was invited to a “little” party on Wednesday night held in Jackson.

Four of my friends and I crawled into my sister-in-law’s car and drove to the destination.

It was an evening I will cherish. I could not go on enough about how much fun I had or how much I laughed.

We even wound up eating at a restaurant that had terrible service and the evening was still a blast.

Once we arrived home in Vicksburg, we all said our goodbyes and hugged one another, vowing to get together again soon.

The warm fuzzies I received were priceless, and I hope the memory of the evening will stave off any green-eyed monster that comes lurking at my door anytime soon.

Oh, I know I will mess up again and experience jealousy — I am human.

Pope Francis’ visit to America is historical, and I hope all of us living in the U.S. will take note of his message of love and forgiveness.

We are all human.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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