I Am Guilty.

I like stuff and along side with stuff comes something that perhaps we have in common: a competitive nature.

Along this journey of living my dreams, I am guilty of not once, not twice, but more times than I’d like to admit, taken my eyes off my journey and become enthralled, obsessed and envious with the journey of others. This has certainly been made easy (and instantaneous) with access to updates via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and so forth.

At one point, I found myself reading updates from my amazing colleagues and trying to justify all of the reasons why it was happening to them and not me. I gave my power over to comparing and handed it over on a silver platter. With it came the ultimate happiness robber in my world… doubt. The ever so prominent: “maybe I am not _________ enough.”

But like a snake who sheds it skin, I too was in a season. I was in a season of growth and I was outgrowing the part of me that did not serve me in a dream making way. Instead, it robbed me of nutrients and made me feel tight, restricted, and uncomfortable. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to be uncomfortable every now and then.) The reality is, I needed to face the success of others, go through those feelings and ultimately commit to helping them succeed even more.

Ladies and gents, life is indeed a competition.

It’s a competition between who we are and who we used to be.

My journey is unique to me. I could spend my days comparing it with others or I can be so committed to giving each day and each person my best that I don’t have time to compare.

Facing our fears, confronting the things that bring out the “worst” in us, and feeling uncomfortable is a part of the process. By shedding our old skin, we are given the opportunity to feel refreshed again.

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.”-Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco

Competition, Greed, Intolerance

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