What is it about us women? Why must we compete and compare like we do? Even in the healthiest of relationships, this competition and comparison fights to enter in.
Friends, I am so very guilty of this ugly comparison. I confess. It is ugly, and it is brutal.
"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt
Lately, I have found myself allowing that comparison to creep back in my heart. Yet, by the grace of God, I have been able to see the truth, and the truth is this:
When we compare ourselves to others, we are only hurting ourselves. We are injuring our original design. We are crippling our calling.
I am blessed to be surrounded by people who are really good at what they do. When I say they are good, I mean they are really good at what they do. From writers, to yoga instructors, to musicians, to public speakers; these people are amazing. All of these ridiculously talented people surrounding me have one thing in common: they have allowed others to inspire them, but they are uniquely themselves.
Friends, I am choosing not to participate in comparison anymore. I'm tired of it injuring my original design and crippling my unique calling. I want to live a life that is so passionate about what I have been called to do, that it just oozes life and inspiration to everyone I come into contact with. My desire is when someone has a conversation with me, or when they read a post on my blog, or attend a Holy Yoga class I teach, they leave feeling inspired to live a life of passion and freedom.
So, friends, pause with me for a second, would you? Grab a pen and paper and draw a big line down the middle. On the top of the left write these words: THINGS I WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN. On the right write these words: THINGS I WILL PARTICIPATE IN. Ready? Here is my list:
I will not participate in:
-Comparison in any aspect of my life; in my yoga, in my writing, in my parenting, in my body image, in my marriage, or in my home.
-Complaining (this is a big one).
I WILL participate in:
-Passionately practicing and teaching Holy Yoga!
-Writing from my soul.
-Telling my story.
-Loving and having grace for my children.
-Delighting in my husband.
-Boldly approaching the throne of God and asking for things that are in line with His will.
-Building healthy community.
-Speaking words of LIFE over the people around me. Telling people
-Loving my body and the way I look.
Now, friend, take that paper and go put it on your bathroom mirror or your refrigerator; somewhere you will see it multiple times a day.
Can we get free together? Can we live lives doing what we love, and free from comparison? I'm in your corner. Let's do this.