Comparison, the thief of joy
Hello my people, welcome to my blog. On today’s episode of a ride in my thoughts,I am going to discuss COMPARISON,THE THIEF OF JOY. According to the English dictionary, to compare- means to assess the similarities and differences between two or more things. In this festive season it can be really easy to get lost in the forest of comparison. The information age has made it worse. This is because of the high level of connectivity and high influx of information.Comparison occurs in either of two ways.
Scenario 1. You perceive that someone is successful, then you proceed to compare the whole book of
your life to the one chapter in the ‘successful’ person’s life.
Scenario 2. It seems that a person is failing, then you say to yourself ‘my life may be falling apart but at least I am not that bad’.
How comparison can ruin a life.
1) Comparison makes you unproductive: Comparison gives you a false perspective of your position in your life’s journey. Comparison either makes you think :
a) you are better than you actually are , this ultimately leads to lack of productiveness
b) you are worse than you actually are, this leads to indifference then you become nonchalant like Esau.
2)Comparison makes you wasteful: Seeds of your comparison makes you start competing with people that are not even running the same race with you.
You will inevitably find yourself buying things you don’t need and doing all sort of ridiculous things so as to grow your ‘image’.
3) Comparison makes you unhappy: It makes you unhappy by putting you under constant pressure.
You begin to have the ‘destination happiness’. Destination happiness is the mindset that happiness is at the next phase or position or season.
this would make you remain in a state of exhaustion and lack of satisfaction.
At the end of the day, comparison is a really unhealthy trait that all of us have indulged in at different points in our lives. Comparison inhibits growth and should not be entertained. The simple truth is that anything that is not growing is dying.