Comparison is the thief of joy.
Don’t bother to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.
Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
I think just coming out and saying it is best — I need to be more grateful for the life that I have.
Last week, a job I have been waiting for since I graduated college presented itself to me. A job that I have dreamed about my whole life. A job that I have always pictured myself doing. A job that I wished and hoped and prayed for for many, many years. A job that I think would be a perfect fit and I could really rock at.
And I had to walk away from it.
Sure, I could have left Dane behind to follow my career path. Sure, I could have started fresh in a brand new city. Sure, I could have absolutely made it work by allowing other parts of my life to suffer.
This really got me to thinking…wouldn’t the world be an awesome place if our lives could always fall into place exactly as we had imagined them? #falsereality
I think it is so freaking easy sometimes to let our minds wander into the dark place of being ungrateful or angry with our lot in life at any given moment. Why don’t I own this? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had this? How cool would it be if we could do this?
But what about the things we already have? The nice clothes, the loving significant other, the cute dog, the beautiful home (even a home at all!)….the thought alone stops me in my tracks.
I’m not going to lie, I have taken some time to wallow in self pity about this, but I’m going to genuinely try to make a better effort at being grateful starting today. Life is too short to allow things to make you unhappy.