Comparison – Letter #002

To my fellow travelers,

 

I hope this letter finds you well. How has the first couple of weeks of this new year been for you?

 

For me, this week has been full of meaning, yet hard conversations with fellow travelers. They all struggle with this common challenge:

 

COMPARISON.

 

It’s something we all have and will continue to struggle with. In fact, something humans have always struggled with since the beginning.

 

However, I have come to realize COMPARISON is not the root of the problem. It’s neither good nor bad. Like the internet and social media, it’s inherently amoral.

 

It is the “HOW” of comparison that is the real cause of discontent, self-pity, discouragement, frustrations, unhappiness, and bitterness.

 

Many blame the internet and social media for the isolation and loneliness that pervades the most “connected” generation ever. It’s actually HOW we have utilized it, that is the source of the spreading toxicity on social platforms.

 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Can I suggest a different HOW?

 

When we see others doing well, let’s celebrate their achievements and be inspired by them.

 

When we see others struggling, let’s show compassion and become an advocate for them. Let’s cheer them on.

 

More importantly, let us focus our comparison to who we were, who we are, and who we will become…

 

who we are meant to become.

 

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” — Psalm 139:13–16 (The Holy Bible, New Living Translation)

Every day, we are being called to take another step towards becoming. We have a choice to answer the call to move from who you are to who you are meant to be.

 

Let’s answer that call!

 

Your Guide,

Sam

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