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Comparison is a natural human habit. It happens. We notice the “comparison” thought when it makes us feel bad, inadequate. This is when comparison follows the old Theodor Roosevelt quote “comparison is the thief of joy”. This comparison game comes from a place of weakness.
You are different from everyone else. Celebrate that. You offer a unique perspective in this game called life. We should all be thanking you. If you are constantly comparing yourself, it means you aren’t happy with who you are. Why is that?
People are brought up to conform to society. If you don’t fit within society’s norms, you are looked upon disapprovingly. However, there is no norm anymore, is there? Most people aren’t normal in the truest “sense” of the word. Everyone has quirks and idiosyncrasies. It’s these differences that allow us to find solutions to problems. It also keeps us from getting bored. Imagine if everyone were truly the same. (That’s a horror movie in the making…)
There would be nothing new to discover about one another.
That’s why you should notice when the comparison happens and become aware that one of the reasons you are comparing yourself and feeling bad is because deep, deep down you want whatever it is you are comparing yourself to. Not only do you want it, but there is “someone” / “something” inside you telling you that you can do that, if you would just shut up and listen.
Yet, I will add that you may likely set unrealistic expectations if you are comparing yourself with someone’s end to your beginning. I will not become an Oprah phenomenon overnight. I know this. But I will be something over time with persistence.
There are those qualities you admire in others. There is nothing wrong with trying to adopt some of those admirable qualities for yourself. This is where we use comparison as a “positive”. Let’s look at this in a different way. Start looking at what quality, trait, habit you are comparing yourself to and start being that in your own life.
You have but a short time on this planet. Let’s make the most if it.