Happy Monday loves! I was completely MIA this weekend. On Friday we packed up about four cars/trucks and moved all my big heavy furniture and as many boxes as we could up to my house! Ahh! I have to tell you - having all that space and a bathroom and a kitchen is already on my thankful list. Maybe some of you have seen those tweets. I'm thinking about compiling what I tweet in that category over the next few days into a blog post so you can all see what I'm looking forward to this school year/what I'll miss? What do ya think?
Today I want to throw some motivation your way as we start this week. If you've followed L&L for awhile, you know I've had my share of body image issues in the past. I haven't talked about them in awhile because for a long time they mostly disappeared and recently they've come clawing back in a way that leaves me unsure of how to discuss it. Body image is a very powerful topic that I will discuss with you awesome people at another time but for now if you wanna read up on what I've said in the past, go here.
Suffice to say that I've slipped back into a pattern of comparing myself to others. Oh, if I was just as toned as her. Oh, maybe if I tried going vegetarian I would have an easier time being healthier. Well, she can look that way, why can't I? Wow, they are doing amazing things with their lives, what I am doing?
There's a serious danger in that type of thinking. Not only does it create an imbalance between you and others, it seriously demeans what you are doing in your life. When I catch myself holding others lives up as a measuring stick to my own, I easily find faults and overlook strengths. We live our lives every day. When we are as involved in something as we are our own lives, it's the simplest thing to find discontent with it. To want something more, something better. There is nothing wrong with that.
Where the problem arises is when we motivate to become better or more through what others have rather than what is in our hearts and souls, what fuels our deepest desires. I have learned this lesson a thousand times and I will learn it a million more. We're comparative creatures by nature, but comparing our success, our lives, and our happiness to others and becoming unhappy because of it is a vicious cycle that needs to rearrange.
After all, when we measure ourselves against others, not only do we find fault in ourselves, we hold resentment for others. I don't know about you, but I don't want to be a person with a hateful heart. I want to rejoice in the success of others and know that my journey is different, but just as beautiful. If I can accomplish that, I know that I will find a happiness beyond measure and I also know that I'll have people cheering me on instead of holding resentment for me. Love begets love, people. Go out there and use that this week!