It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Chapter 2, Page 7, Book 16

Why compare yourself with others? 
No one in the entire world can do 
a better job of being you than you.

Author Unknown

February 7th - Don't compare me to someone else because there is no one else like me. 

Comparing yourself to others will always cause you to regret what you aren’t.  It calls us to envy someone else's life and seek theirs rather than ours. The thing about comparison is that there is never a win. 

Sometimes we are like the dog in the children's story who found a bone. He was so proud of it. He picked it up and started home. On his way home he crossed a bridge over a river. As he crossed the bridge he stopped, as usual, to bark at the other dog that he always saw down in the water. This time as he looked down, he not only saw the same dog, but that dog had a bone in his mouth, too. What made him mad was that the dog in the water had a bone that appeared to be bigger than the one he had in his mouth. Therefore, he opened his mouth to bark at the other dog and lost his bone.

You cannot be happy and envious at the same time. In fact, one of the greatest secrets of having happiness in your life is learning how to eliminate envy.  

 It is ok to better ourselves if we are not satisfied with where we are at in life. In fact, we should always be growing in our journey along the Way.  But, we shouldn’t be measuring ourselves against others. God made you special and you cannot be compared to anyone else.

Life is tough enough, stop comparing yourself to others.

Do not compare yourself with others, for you are a unique and wonderful creation. 

Barbara Kimbal

How sweet it is!


jack69 said...

Growing up it is hard not to compare, but that is part of growing. So once you do grow up the smart person does realize that, I am what I am. Some people never stop envying their neighbor and grow to be bitter old people because they always wanted what some one else had and did not enjoy what they were blessed with.

I like it. you done good (again)

Mevely317 said...

Reading this earlier, I felt (again) you'd read my mind! Then, I paused to realize there's many experiencing the same challenges.
Only Friday I was mentally beating myself up for not being as accomplished and witty as my cousins. Mind you, I've not seen "G" since 1960, but I'm still guilty of feeling lessened by her light. Thank you for this timely reminder!

betty said...

That story about the dog and seeing his reflection as another dog is a good reminder for ourselves not to compare ourselves to others. We need to remember we are all uniquely made by God :)