Why Comparing Yourself to Others is a Bad Idea!
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
When I was growing up, I was an A student and the “good girl” in the family. My younger brother was often asked: “Why can’t you be like your sister?” I hated hearing that as much as he did, but the truth is, we grew up being constantly compared to each other, as many siblings in the world unfortunately are.
During my teenager years, I was heavier and was not one of the popular girls. There was not a single day that I didn’t think to myself: “Why can’t I look like her?”
Growing up being compared to others, we learn to compare ourselves. Part of our self-worth becomes dependent upon outside recognition. No wonder we’ve developed a nasty habit of comparing ourselves, preventing us from seeing reality.
One of the biggest obstacles in the way of our developing healthy self-love is playing the comparison ...