My gym has a white board with inspirational quotes. Here’s one:
This is a great thing to remember whenever we start to play the comparison game. At church this past week, the teacher quoted a verse about not comparing ourselves to others, lest we become envious and boasting.
When I see that your grass is greener, I’m jealous. (Her stomach is flatter! He’s smarter! She has a publishing deal! And I bet they’re gloating over how much better they are, too.)
On the flip side, if your grass is browner, I become a little too big for my ballcap. (Ha, MY stomach was flatter when I was seven months pregnant! Ha, my dog is smarter than he is, and I don’t even OWN a dog! Ha, I know how to split infinitives better than SHE does! And I can splice commas like nobody’s business! And become judgmental about grammar!)
Neither is good. We’re all humans; we all have strengths and weaknesses; we need to encourage each other, not tear each other down through silly comparisons based on the color of our lawns. I need to work on my own lawn before I start envying yours or telling you what type of fertilizer you need to be using.
I may have hit the limits of this grass metaphor. But that’s okay. Today I’m reading through my first draft of my fourth novel, so I need to keep the post short anyway. I hope your Wednesday is great!
P.S.: If you avoid the gym because you think everyone will be looking at you, don’t worry. We’re all equally afraid that you’ll be looking at us!