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Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Grass isn’t Greener on the Other Side

It only appears to be greener. Your grass is already lush and full of vibrant color. You’re just not seeing it. What it really comes down to is perception and the underlying cause of that is comparison.

When you start comparing yourself to others your mind can play some real nifty tricks on you. It puts thoughts in your head about other people’s material possessions, education and career choices compared to you. Soon little things that you probably never gave much thought to start to creep into your mind and it becomes almost like a disease. With each comparison your emotions begin to rise with feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness where it didn’t exist before, all because you compared yourself to someone else.

The sad part is you did it to yourself. Comparing yourself to others is like comparing different varieties of apples. You can eat all of them but some are better for different reasons. There are apples that are better for pies, baking and canning while others are straight up good to eat fresh. But even within that category people have different tastes. Red Delicious apples are good to eat fresh as well as Fuju but the Fuju variety is a bit sweeter. It’s all a matter of taste.

You are like a variety of apple. You have your own unique flavor that people like for varying reason and they like you just the way you are. Even though there are other people out there with some of the same skill sets, you bring your own unique flavor to the mix. Try to remember that next time you find yourself comparing yourself to someone else. Besides, if everyone were the same there would be some people that weren’t needed.

“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy” ~ John Mason

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