The Theodore Roosevelt quote, "Comparison is the thief of joy," has been a refrain for me this week.
Earlier this week I was in a funk, feeling "not enough" and "less than" and envious of others' success, style and even personality traits. In the midst of this, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and felt almost as if these words were crashing into my being:
Comparison is the thief of joy.
Ahh. Yes. I am enough. I am not meant to be this person or that person. I am uniquely me. I can appreciate my life because it's mine to live according to my own heart's truth, not my neighbor's.
A day later as I read this letter to a public radio program, my mind boomed, "Comparison is the thief of joy." The letter describes how the listener allowed competition to distract him from what he loves and how hearing the program inspired him "to get back to what [he] love[s], because that is where true happiness lives."
His joy lives within his heart.
Your joy lives within your heart.
My joy lives within my heart.
When I compare my heart's truth to yours, I disregard the fullness of my own truth. It's like shoving my joy and my heart's truth into a closet or sticking it under the bed because company is coming and the place needs to "look good."
This week, "Comparison is the thief of joy" has served as a motto, reminding me to live my heart's truth, to embrace it as my unique truth and to welcome my heart's truth to the party rather than shoving it into the closet.
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