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Monday Morning Motivation | Where Joy Lives

Posted by Bill Esteb on

It was Mark Twain who observed, "Comparison is the death of joy."

You can always find someone who is prettier, richer, busier, smarter, taller, thinner, younger, wiser or more credentialed than you.

So, why look?

It is often a sign that we lack gratitude for what we have. This dissatisfaction has the germ that can so often blossom into suffering and whose siblings are envy and jealousy.

Joy is a spiritual quality; mere happiness its emotional counterfeit.

The temptation to compare ourselves is a form of mistrust. It stems from the wrongheaded belief that we live in a world of scarcity, limited resources and that it's a zero sum game. But our success diminishes no one and our struggle is not due to someone else shining.

Conduct a social media fast. Listen for the unique beat of your drummer. Dance like nobody's watching. That's where joy lives.