the Comparison Trap

• 29 January 2008

I love being a woman and I am happy to know many women who enhance my life in different ways just by being their true authentic self. However, I am sad for us all when comparison becomes the topic of conversation. The comparison trap is so unnecessary...everyone has something different to offer after all. Sometimes we women verbalize this comparison, other times the words aren't said but manifested instead in our actions or expressions. Either way it's no good for anyone--it is really a trap! It is far more fulfilling to accept others and to be happy for their joys and successes while still maintaining a healthy self-concept. If God loves us for who we are, shouldn't we love who we are?

I'm making this my New Year's resolution #11.
Each of us has something to learn according this article here. It is a well-written, gentle article.

A concise, thoughtful, short article on overcoming comparison here.

An honest article Today's Christian Woman on the comparison trap here.

A life coach's five recommendations for overcoming comparison here.

photo per San Diego Historical Society


5 comments:

Muranda said...

Stephanie,
I love your blog...Chelsea Wood told me about it. Anyway, I just had to leave a comment and thank you for these articles. This is my #1 resolution this year, and boy is it a toughy. It is a trap that we all get sucked into, and it is so hard to get out. Thank you for the new perspectives!

Muranda

Ashley said...

I agree. Thanks for sharing.

The Sargent Family said...

Thanks for the great reminder. Sometimes we forget about our own individual worth on what makes each of us unique!

Jen said...

Here! Here! When we compare the result is always either that we feel inferior (making us sad) or we feel superior (worse, I think). You are right, it is a trap!

Susandegraaf said...

Hi Stephanie,

I am a mother of 6 and grandmother of 13, and have lots of life experiences. One of the lessons I have learned is this: I am loved by the Creator of the Universe, and if Jesus loves me just as I am, I try to see the world through His eyes.

Blessings,
Susan

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