I often think about this quote: Comparison is the thief of joy. When I find myself comparing myself to others - what they have and I don't, what they can do and I can't, what they have done and I haven't - the meaning of this quote becomes abundantly clear. I lose my joy, my contentment. I feel inadequate, insufficient, deflated, unworthy. Can you relate? How do we counteract this?
As Sean Palmer writes: "The only countermeasure to comparison is gratitude...Comparison see the house renovations I can't yet afford, which my friends can. Gratitude sees a house that shelters and a home that loves. Comparison sees muscles unformed. Gratitude hears the heart that pumps life."
Let us fill our days being grateful for what we do have, for the wonderful gifts, abilities, experiences that God has given us. Instead of apologising for what we don't have, we can give thanks for what we have, hold our held high, with joy in our hearts and a smile on our face.
Today I am thankful to God for: a fabulous weekend away with David on the motobike; mountain views that go on forever; a hot chai latte after a cold morning start; visiting friends; sharing stories; shedding tears together; walks on the beach; celebrating the life of a beautiful lady; gathering with extended family from near and far; clear, frosty mornings; crystals sparkling on the grass as the sun rises.
Hello! My name is Margy. I enjoy living simply, I am trying to slow down and I am learning how to be still. I would love you to join me on this exciting adventure.