"Where are you getting this? I don't live a 'fairy tale' life? My life is good, really good, and I love it. But it isn't nothing but a bed of roses."
He just kept insisting that my life was picture perfect.
After hours of visiting and fun socializing with him, and a lot of thinking... I finally came to the conclusion that maybe he thought my life is perfect because I AM SO HAPPY. And because I LOVE WHAT I DO - BEING A WIFE AND MOTHER etc.
But it isn't having everything go right that makes life so good. It's having an eternal perspective... knowing that challenging is good, and that weakness can become strengths. It is knowing that I can work hard to make good things happen. It's taking the time to learn and live the gospel of Jesus Christ - principles like faith, hope, love, service, forgiveness etc... which makes happiness possible.
And it's experiencing the joy of overcoming struggles and weaknesses etc that make life so good. Struggles make you strong and give you something to feel accomplished and good about.
Life is different for everyone. The choices we make can be thought of as life paths with varying degrees of inclines. Some people walk life on flat surfaces, perhaps hoping to keep things easy and relaxed... Others run uphill on mountains with no trails. Mormons quite often choose the tough uphill routes in life. They choose lifestyles that are challenging; they have high expectations for themselves and take advantage of many opportunities (some big, mostly small) which challenge them and cause them to grow. They place many demands upon themselves and do things which many others view as huge sacrifices - but they also experience the great joy which comes from making those sacrifices. Yes, for many Mormons (and other Christians), life is an uphill climb. But life is extra good BECAUSE OF THE CLIMB. The harder you work for something, the more you appreciate and love it! :D And besides, up there from up there at the top of the mountains... the view is absolutely great! :D