Comparison: Thief of Joy + Everything

Today, I want to talk about something that I know most people struggle with, especially women, almost on a daily basis:

Comparison, Body/Beauty Negativity.

I came across this quote a friend of mine from the gym shared the other day and it really stuck out to me. This past week I have fallen back into the comparison game a little.

Think about this quote a minute. Most of us think flowers are pretty…but we also think Christmas lights are pretty. We also think fall leaves, sunsets, the ocean, or maybe even the mountains are pretty.

But guess what? They all look different…yet we still think they are all pretty.

More often than not, we fall into the trap of comparison: “If only I looked like her”, “I wish I had a body like hers”, or “I wish I was as pretty as her…I’m not pretty.”

Any of these sound familiar?


I fell deep into this trap years ago and it’s one of the things that led me to my eating disorder. (If you haven’t read my Anorexia story, here is part one and part two)

I don’t know when comparing ourselves to others started, but I’m sure it’s gone on for centuries. Most of us compare ourselves to others without even realizing it.

You know what I think about this?

It’s ridiculous!

God made us in His image and we are a wonderfully made creation…which means we are all pretty, beautiful, and a masterpiece.

If all of us looked or acted the same, what fun would that be? I feel it would get boring.

There seems to always be something we want to change about ourselves. I’m guilty of this. Most days I wish my face was slimmer, I had a more toned core, or took better pictures. But I have less of those days now than I ever have. If I catch myself thinking these things, I have to remind myself how ridiculous I’m being!

Comparison is the thief of joy…literally. I mean, have you ever been happy when you compare yourself, or wish you looked like someone else? Probably not.

If you aren’t careful, it can take you down a dark path.

I will leave you with this today, and make this a reminder whenever you catch yourself comparing and wishing you were different or looked a certain way:

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