Theodore Roosevelt is attributed to the following quote: "Comparison is the thief of joy." When I started looking at pins on pinterest about comparison I kept coming up with the quote as well as this take on it.
While it's so true- that when we compare ourselves to others- we are stealing our joy because we often see things in others that cause us to talk negative about ourselves, look down on ourselves, and even worse- lead us to say things about others that shouldn't be said.
I have been guilty of this myself- especially recently. Too often, I look at my runner friends who are scoring huge PR's (personal records for the uninitiated), lean and trim runner bodies, and just an all around confidence that I don't seem to have. But, it doesn't just stop at my runner friends- it also spills over into the teacher side of things. I'm going to be honest- nothing bugs me more than when people gloat about their scores- it may be a subtle thing- but it just really bothers me. I may not be the best, or strongest teacher in the world, but I give it my best- day in and day out- so to be looked down upon by someone who might have scored a "5" causes a lot of angst in my heart. Especially, when by state standards I am a "rock solid" teacher at a 3- I am meeting my expectations and in some cases am above. I keep coming back to this pin I saw
The mirror that's where I need to look- but unfortunately there's one more place for comparison- and that's society. It's sometimes hard to accept that I am built the way I am when I am surrounded by images- both of celebrities and "real" people who are considered "pretty" by society's standards- because I am not- I know this- and I accept this but it doesn't make it any easier. My blog friend Abby wrote this post that really opened my eyes and showed me that even they "need" (not really but you know what I mean) help to look "good". The following verse has been my source of comfort these last few weeks:
I know this post is long and I have two more things to share- one is another pin that I found tonight that is PERFECT and the other is a song that kind of led to this post.
and the song