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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Comparisons Don't Serve You Well


A person once complained bitterly about the ease of another person's life, someone she knew, but did not know that I also knew. According to the complainer, the other person lived with no problems, life was not just, because that other person was surrounded by wealth, was slim and glamorous, wore designer clothes, went to fabulous parties around the globe that the speaker got glimpses of in society magazines. She further complained that life was not fair - why does she deserve this and not I, she asked of me.

As I listened to her acid-flavored litany of bitterness, debating on my reply, I remembered the story of the person who lived the easy life: she had been sexually abused by her father as a young girl, and her mother, a wealthy debutante had never been able to bring herself out of her own alcoholic stupor long enough to realize what was happening to her little girl. She became bulimic as a young teen and was started on anti-depressants by the family doctor shortly thereafter. She suffered from continual anxiety attacks and had about as much self-esteem as a rock in a mud puddle. And to top it all off, she had married a man who was only interested in her position and fortune and who was now sleeping with her best friend.

I looked at the person who was complaining to me and gave her a version of the Woody Hayes quote that follows: Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. I also reminded her to be grateful for what she had: health, a good job, strength, and a loving family.

What are you grateful for in your life today?

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