I heard a quote the other day that really made me think
‘Comparison is the thief of joy’
We are so blessed in this day and age –
We have so much.
The world is at our fingertips, we’re constantly connected.
We have big TV’s, bigger wardrobes & even bigger houses.
But why are we not happier?
It seems like everywhere you look someone has it better…
Looking on Instagram, everyone’s living ‘their best life’,
On all the billboards & advertisements, we’re told that we are not enough and we need that latest products.
Looking at all the celebrities with their exorbitant car collections, luxurious houses & designer clothes – it’s hard not to be envious.
It’s all a matter of relativity
We only need to look around to realise just how lucky we really are.
Instead of comparing ourselves to those influencers who we aspire to be…
It’s time to have a big serving of gratitude & sprinkle some appreciation on top.
More than 1/3rd of the world live on LESS than $2 a day. Every single day.
165 MILLION children are malnourished around the world.
If these children all held hands they could form a complete circle around the world…
The most shocking stat of all –
Jeffrey Sachs in his book ‘The End of Poverty’ calculated that it would cost us $175 billion a year over 20 years to solve poverty… that is LESS than 1% of the combined annual income of only a few of the richest countries of all.
Worst of all, Americans alone spent $465 billion Christmas last year. Enough to cover that amount by nearly 3 times…
We have all the resources to change the world, it’s a choice – NOT an inability.
A quote from one of the greatest footballers of all time, Zinedine Zidane was profound.
He grew up very poor in France and when recounting his childhood stated – ‘I used to cry because I could not afford shoes to play football, one day I saw a man with no feet and realised how rich I am’
Now I’m not saying we should feel guilty for where we live and the blessed situations we all find ourselves in.
However, if our focus is always on extrinsic measures of success – we’ll always be left chasing a faster car, another house or a better job title.
If we’re always chasing more, we will never have enough.
Remembering how blessed we are and focusing on the opportunities that we have, allows us to not only to stay grounded but to be content regardless of the situation.
If our mindset is never contingent on material goods or situations occuring, we will be able to roll with whatever challenges life throws at us.
Building your life on a strong foundation of family, friends & a desire to be a good person will always yield more rewards than a life built on the foundation of having the newest designer clothes, the most lit Instagram & the best weekends.
Everything in life is relative & simply a matter of perspective.
Being positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time.
It means that even on hard days, you know that there are better ones coming.
I’ll close with one of the greatest quotes I’ve heard –
Instead of trying to work out whether the glass is half-empty or half-full, just be grateful to have clean water & drink it.
It’s all a matter of mindset.
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