"Comparison is the thief of joy" Roosevelt said.
But that's not true.
Nothing that's delivered as black or white, as binary, as either/or is particularily helpful to anyone.
If you compare yourself to someone less fortunate and it serves to make you realise how lucky and privileged your are and it evokes gratitude, comparison is a powerful tool towards feeling better about yourself.
If you compare yourself to someone less forutnate and it serves to make you feel superior, comparison now functions to elevate your ego, and though from a place of superiority, it's likely to still fuel happiness.
If you compare yourself to someone you look up to or someone who has things you want and you use that comparison to beat yourself up, comparison certainly can steal joy, but if you use that comparison productively, as inspiration for what you can strive for, as a blueprint of what you want and how to get it, or it becomes a ladder, a map or a guide to propel you forward, comparison is now a helpful tool.
Don't get sucked into binary thinking. Nothing is ever simply good or bad, right or wrong, either or. Life's lived and life exists in the grey zones.
Your life, your choice.
Until next time, stay safe - and sane - and be kind, to yourself and others.
After all, you're fucking amazing!
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