Something to strive for.
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
― Lao Tzu
We all quietly or maybe not so quietly compete and compare! After all, everybody else has got it better, right? They are better looking, have a better job, better children, their marriage is perfect, their house is better.
One thing I am a sucker for comparing myself to is other families. I always think other families “have it all” or are more functional or are special in some way. I think they always get along, have special gifts and talents, are always succeeding at something….and then, there’s me….
Once someone told me they were jealous of ME. That just floored me. It never occurred to me that someone could be jealous of me and my life.
I don’t think I need “respect” — but it should would be nice not to compare myself to others and feel like I don’t measure up or could do better.