"Comparison is the thief of Joy"

Back in January, Darling Magazine began a video series that centered around honest discussion about often hard-to-talk-about topics. One particular video from that series focused on beauty and body Image. It's a beautiful and encouraging video which you can check out here.

A quote that came up during the discussion was "comparison is the thief of joy." I immediately wrote it down and stuck in on the wall next to my desk. It resonated with me deeply. I got to thinking about it and I realized probably everyone can relate to this quote in one way or another because it goes further than skin deep. We not only compare our looks but our friends, our families, our careers, our material possessions. This is especially relevant in the digital age, where social media gives us a platform for comparison every day and it sucks the joy right out of our day. And what are we all searching for anyway? Importance? Purpose? I think both. But we have to remember, we can't all be here to simply walk the same path as everyone else. Everyone's path will look slightly different in order to serve small purposes along the way.  Each circumstance and characteristic about us serves an important purpose that someone else cannot and that's what makes us, who we are and where we're at, important. And having that sense of purpose should bring us joy in everything that we do. 

At the end of the video, Darling Magazine asks, "When do you feel the most beautiful?" I'd like to add, "when do you feel the most joyful?" And I'd be willing to bet it's when you're not comparing yourself to others and rather when you're focusing on why you're unique and important. And we might not even know why certain things had to happen until the end of our lives when we can look back and see how our paths came together. I have faith that the fabric of our lives will be weaved into something beautiful and bring us more joy than we can imagine. 

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To help you all remember this quote we took that little note next my desk and made it into a print, available for purchase in our shop.