Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Comparison is the thief of joy

I love this quote by Teddy Roosevelt because it is so true, comparison is the thief of joy! When we compare ourselves to others, we take away our own personal happiness and peace. This is such a bad habit to slip into but I'm sure we all struggle with it from time to time. I know I do. We look at other people's clothes, appearances, talents, friends, jobs, vacations, money, number of followers on social media (you name it) and the list goes on and on. There are so many categories out there that we could compare ourselves to others with. But when we do this, this only hurts ourselves. If we wish we were as talented as our friend, or as pretty as the girl we see online, or as rich as our neighbor, with each wish we quickly can quickly become unsatisfied with our own lives. And this is the worst mindset!

We need to stop comparing if we want to be happy. Instead, we should only compare ourselves with ourselves, and be concerned if we are progressing individually. We are all so different that it really doesn't make sense to compare ourselves to others. Instead, we should just be concerned if we are being the best that we can be. We all have different talents, qualities, strengths, and weakness. These things make us unique and give us a special purpose to accomplish in our lives. Our strengths, talents, achievements, beauty, abilities, and value are completely individual to us and to the contribution we can make in the world. They can never authentically be sized up next to someone else. 

So let's choose to stop falling into the negative comparing trap and choose to keep our happy with us :)


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