This post could have many different titles because what I planned to talk about today could go off in many different directions. I am going to attempt to go in one direction, so that you can follow along. But, if you get lost, you might have to stop and backtrack a bit so that we both end up at the same or similar endpoint.
While drinking my cup of coffee and doing my morning internet surfing last week, I ran across a statement that said “we live a life of measurement”. Everything is compared to something else and that is where many things (including people) get their sense of worth. On the other hand, if one has a true sense of purpose, then comparisons should be used as the driving force for betterment. Think about that for a moment. How do you mainly use comparisons? Are they helping to make you enjoy life more or are they making you less satisfied?
This is not a new topic. It has been written about for hundreds of years. However, it is one we all tend to lose sight of as we get caught up in living life. Comparing can help motivate one to improve a needed skill set or it can drive a compulsion like never having enough of something. It all comes down to what and how we chose to compare.
How many things have you brought into your life because they are bigger, prettier, newer, etc. and not because they add some needed or improved value? TVs are a perfect example of something that fits this description. You can see some objects that fit into this category by looking at the size of the display at your local big box store. TVs take up a large part of a wall and they are also located on a main walking aisle. How many and how often does one buy a TV? To look at the amount of space dedicated to TVs you would think they are as essential as bread or milk. As you may know, our TV watching has been greatly minimized. In fact, it is now just one of those things that happens usually later in the evening when we want to have some mindless entertainment before we go to bed. Most of what we watch on TV these days is for educational value. However, with football season starting soon, I may have to readjust my thinking a bit!
So the next time you feel driven to make a change, ask yourself if it’s because of a comparison. And then ask yourself why? Is it adding value to your life or is it just because it’s what “everyone” else is doing? The following link will take you to a post that provides more insight on this topic. https://www.becomingminimalist.com/stop-comparing-your-life-start-living-it/