Today, I wanted to chat about a topic that I think we all have dealt with at one time or an another. Comparison. Comparison is one of those ugly traits that comes hand in hand along with jealousy. I don’t think any of us means for it happen and It is quite literally the thief of everything, not just joy which anybody can fall victim to.
Ah…the digital age we are so tuned into what everybody is doing, what everybody is achieving that it is difficult not to compare our lives to theirs. I know from experience that comparing yourself and what you do or don’t do affects our vision and energy. Watching from your comfort zone at what everybody else is doing I am guilty off beating myself. I compare my life, especially from a parenting perspective, I also compare my blog which is ridiculous as everybody and I mean everybody moves through life at their own pace.
When you feel these all too familiar emotions reminding yourself the following might help:
- Nobody and I mean NOBODY is “perfect” in fact, I don’t even think perfect exists
- Don’t compare your beginning to somebody else’s middle – Jon Acuff
- Everybody is capable of greatness
- We are all running our own race at our own pace
- Make a list of things that make you happy
- I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet
Cultivate gratitude over comparison, gratitude turns what we have into more than enough. Social media can be a good thing if we see it for all of the creativity prospects. It can also be a real struggle with insecurity, comparing our behind the scenes with everybody’s highlight reel, controlled online content. Your story is unique and so, so different from the next it is not worthy of comparison.