Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The only person you should compare yourself to is that person you were yesterday


How many would agree that it's very hard in today's society to not jump on the bandwagon of comparing yourself to others? Theodore Roosevelt was spot on when he came up with the following quote ,"Comparison is the thief of all joy". 
Today all thanks (or no thanks) to varies social media platforms we've all been granted the opportunity to put ourselves out there and allow the world to have access to the smallest details of our lives. Daily on our what we no longer seem to be able to live without gadgets called smartphones we get bombarded with images, videos and audios and this powerful tool can do a lot of damages especially to those finding themselves in inferior positions. Social media has a way of getting into our hearts and making us start reflecting and comparing ourselves with what's out there. The seeds of what we see can grow into bad fruits such as discontentment, envy, sadness and if not careful can leave us feeling very empty too.

Seeing others do what you do or are aspiring to and going places while you haven't had your breakthrough yet can do something to one's heart and leave you feeling awful. Negative thoughts as you start comparing yourself to others start creeping in and before you know it BAAAAAAAAAAAM you've let the enemy and social media steal your joy!

Oneself should once in a while remind theirself that the same way no two people are identical no two lives are. We weren't all born on the same day so we should learn to focus on becoming a better version of who we were yesterday instead of wasting our time consuming what might be "a made believe selling dreams" lifestyle. Am I the only one who has noticed that the majority of people out there with the most exposure on social media never really talk about their failures, their regrets, their mistakes, struggles or show their flaws and all. The mere truth of the matter is that we tend to share the best parts of our lives on social media and hide the not so good parts. Giving others the illusion that their own life is not worth living leaving many with sometimes an unhealthy desire to make it at all cost or green with envy.

The only one you should be in competition with is the person you were yesterday. Set your own goals and work at own pace hard towards achieving in an honourable manner your self-made targets.
We reap what we sow meaning eventually even if it takes a little longer one's hard work pays off. It's very important for me personally to not loose at sight my faith and morals whilst pursuing certain dreams and I think it's so important to stay true to oneself and your own beliefs. Do not loose yourself or your values all for the sake of social media or exposure.

The ball is in your court when it comes to what you let stroll down your feeds and what you see on social media. One thing I can say helps when it comes to keeping your joy and focus on what's really important is that unfollow and not interested button. What applies to real life situations can also be implemented virtually. The bible says that we should guard our heart above all else and one way to do so is by putting distance between you and those things or people who negatively influence your way of thinking, behaving and feeling.

Don't let what you see on social media steal away your joy or get in the way of focusing on the second most important thing in life that is becoming a better version of who you were yesterday everyday one step at a time.

*Proverbs 14:30
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.

*Exodus 20:17 
“You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”

*"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education." Theodore Roosevelt

* "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" Theodore Roosevelt 






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