You know how it is. You are having a perfectly good day and then you unintentionally compare yourself and each time, a little bit of that happiness slips away. It can come from the most innocent of places. Maybe you are looking at Pinterest and you see how talented everyone else is. Or Facebook where your friends are going to awesome vacations and you can’t afford to eat out. Or maybe they are being successful on their diet while you continue your plateau. It doesn’t have to attack you through social media (although I admit that seems to be my battlefield), it could be as innocent as a friend telling you about her kids’ success in school or even an evening out with her husband while your home lately has been a minefield for discontentment. I admit that I’ve been victim to comparison to the point that I even uninstalled Periscope because, well, it became more discouraging than encouraging.
Kay Wills Wyma has authored a book to help, I’m Happy for You (Sort of…Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of Comparison. Kay tackles the problem we all fall victim to of comparing ourselves to others with honesty and wit. She provides methods to free you from the comparison trap. As a mom of five, she also includes many personal stories. (As a mom of five myself, I know that comparison starts very early at home, “Mom, her piece is bigger than mine.” “Mom!! You like his drawing better!” “Mom!!!”….”Mom!!”…. ugh. As we all know, comparison starts very early but can follow us into adulthood.
I think this book is a must read for every person, every age. It will give you a new lease on life.
Visit Kay’s blog, The MoatBlog.
You can purchase the book here at Amazon.
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