Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Life Isn't a Contest.

So, why do we compare ourselves to other people? It happens to all of us. For me, it is usually not a struggle. Lately, it has straight up smacked me in the face. I recently was asked to sub for one of my Zumba instructors who will be having surgery. Eeeek! I am very humbled and so excited to teach. What I wasn't expecting was the enormous amount of pressure I have put on myself. I found myself in class comparing myself to others around me and thinking so many lies. 

Am I thin enough to teach? Will I remember all the songs? Will I get every move right? I have never even taught a class before and there are people better in the class... will they walk out when they see it's me teaching. Self doubt and the comparison game can eat you alive. It's so easy to get lost in the trap. For me, it has been with getting ready for my first zumba class. For you, it may be seeing a friend get a promotion or feeling like you see everyone else moving forward and you're still standing in what feels like quick sand.  

Comparing yourself and feeling less than others because of other accomplishments/ the way they dance/ how skinny they are/ how many friends they have/ how big their house is/ how well their kids behave... is an endless spiral and while there will ALWAYS be someone skinnier/with more friends/ in a bigger house... this doesn't make YOU {or me} any less great!

All of us have God-given talents. We are all made in His image and that alone makes us special and beyond compare. For me, the best anticdote for comparing has been thankfulness. Learning to be thankful for the way God made us, in spite of all our faults. He made us perfect! It's time we start believing it! xoxox 


3 comments:

  1. I just recently found your blog ... and usually I'm not much of a "commenter", but I just wanted to say 'thanks' for this post. It came at the right time, I fing myself asking these same questions and worrying about how I compare to others. Seems like something that we have to be constantly reminded about ... we are made in His image and that's most important.

    Blessings :)
    Michelle B.

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  2. Yes, comparison just eats of contentment! Yuck! I hope your class went well... I would love to try Zumba some day when my health improves enough. It looks so fun!! :)

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  3. Michelle, I truly appreciate your comment! I am so glad you took the time to write. You encouraged me and I so appreciate it. Thanks for reading! xoxox

    Linda, When your back gets better you should 100% try a Zumba class. You will love it!! xoxo

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