BE AT PEACE, NOT IN PIECES
Live FREE. Service this past Sunday was very interesting. The topic was about COMPARISON. Now, before you think "oh she's going to get all holy on us," I really want you guys to pay attention to this post.
Our society has been surrounded by social media. We invest in our Instagram's and compare our lives to others. Who has the latest thing? Who's doing more? Why do we measure and compare ourselves to others? The result of it all is it just doesn't add up.
"MAKE A CAREFUL EXPLORATION OF WHO YOU ARE AND THE WORK YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN, & THEN SINK YOURSELF INTO THAT. DON'T BE IMPRESSED WITH YOURSELF. DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS. EACH OF YOU MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR DOING THE CREATIVE BEST YOU CAN WITH YOUR OWN LIFE."
This hit deep for me because I'm involved in a lifestyle where the latest thing is "expected" or I have to look FIT. The reality of it all is I don't have all the latest things, and I'm not always looking "fit". I don't feel compelled to buy things just to satisfy me only momentarily... anymore. I'm human. When I see my friends having the latest things, it's natural to want those things as well.
Sorry Nike Lab, but I just can't purchase all your beautiful yet high priced leggings & I'm PERFECTLY OK WITH THAT.
DON'T COMPARE YOUR BEHIND THE SCENES TO SOMEONE'S HIGHLIGHTED REEL.
So, the next time you envy someone's Instagram, think of your own account. How do you portray your IG? Do you post the good and the BAD? Ya, I wouldn't post the behind the scenes as well if it wasn't pretty. When was it okay that the amount of followers and likes determines your value as a human being?
Comparing yourself to a certain extent can be a good motivation to do better. For some people, maybe it is, if you can control it.
Am I going to completely stop comparing myself to others? Probably not. I'm human; I'm not perfect.
We all want to be happy. However, happy and envy cannot live together. Be at peace with yourself, not pieces.