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Avoiding Comparisons and Simplifying Our Lives – March 14 Inspiration

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Avoiding comparisons and simplifying our lives. Sounds like a good combination! Often we add possessions or obligations to our lives when we get caught up in keeping up with others we compare ourselves to–yet those decisions tend to complicate and clutter our lives. We would be better off NOT comparing ourselves to others, and instead, being content with what we have and who we are. Doing so would then simplify and declutter our lives by removing unnecessary possessions as well as eliminating stress.

 

 

Here’s your inspiration for this Monday, 3/14 – Happy Pi Day!

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“The world consistently gives us the impression

that we need to be something other than what we are.

A confident woman avoids comparisons.

Confidence is not possible as long as we compare ourselves

with other people. No matter how good we look,

how talented or smartwe are, or how successful we are,

there is always someone who is better,

 and sooner or later we will run into  her.

I believe confidence is found in doing the best we can

with what we have to work with

and not in comparing ourselves

with others and competing with them.

Our joy should NOT be found in being better than others,

but in being the best we can be.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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“There seems to be a great lack of simplicity in society today…

Somehow life gets so complicated, it eventually drain you

of energy and produces frustration and fatigue.

The answer for the modern problem of multiplicity

is a return to simplicity.

In our modern society, we think that more is always better.

But the writer of Ecclesiastes (see Ec. 5:11-12) warns that

the more your goods increase,

the more complicated your life becomes.

Instead of making everything so difficult,

why don’t you decide to simplify your life

and enjoy the rest and satisfaction

that comes through following God’s plan?”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

I read both of these devotionals today and instantly thought about this connection that can exist between comparing ourselves to others, and how it can in turn complicate our lives. It would certainly be easier and simpler to break that habit of comparison, and be content with who we are and what we have.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you ever fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others?

Do you believe decluttering and simplifying your life can make it more peaceful and satisfying?

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31 Comments

  1. Katy Kozee

    I definitely needed to read this today! I’ve been falling into the comparison trap all too often and, of course, you can always find someone who’s doing better than you! Thanks for the inspiration!
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    14 . Mar . 2016
  2. Carla

    Not only will I not compare myself to others – – I won’t even compare myself to the… Myself 🙂 of yesterday. I’m all about being kind to me.
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    14 . Mar . 2016
  3. heidi

    I totally agree. Some time ago I decided to live more simply. Owning less has reduced alot of stress for sure.

    14 . Mar . 2016
  4. Roxanne Jones

    Amen! I’m in the midst of a literal declutter as we prepare to move into a smaller place, and have been chagrined at all the “stuff” we acquired–much of it because it was the latest popular whatever and not because it really enriched our lives in any way. With every trip to the dump/recycling/consignment/Salvation Army, I feel lighter and less encumbered–and aim to stay that way! Thanks for the affirmation.

    14 . Mar . 2016
  5. green diva meg

    try never to compare myself to others, but of course it does happen from time to time — never w/ good results! i try more to remember that when i’m comparing myself to someone else, i never know the entire picture and i’m only looking at the surface generally. i love myself and my life and at the end of the day, i’m grateful for all of it.
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  6. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I do and I wish I wouldn’t. So much of what I see online is fake.

    14 . Mar . 2016
  7. Cara (@Stylishgeek)

    I like the saying “taking things like a grain of salt”. I equate this to the idea of comparing. I think all of us do it, but it’s usually better to do it on a surface level only and not take things too seriously. Ofcourse, it’s always easier said than done. 🙂

    14 . Mar . 2016
  8. Ana De- Jesus

    I constantly compare myself to other people and I need to stop doing it because it is unhealthy and makes me feel crappy in comparison!
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    14 . Mar . 2016
  9. Sola

    Not comparing myself to others was my number one mantra this year. Thanks for the awesome encouragement.

    14 . Mar . 2016
  10. Elizabeth O.

    I have learned this the hard way. Comparing yourself or your life with others will never do you any good. It needs to stop so you can be your own person!

    14 . Mar . 2016
  11. Heather

    Great post, I try to never compare myself to others & keep my life simple!

    14 . Mar . 2016
  12. Ron Leyba

    Comparing one to another wont take you anywhere. Great post!
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    14 . Mar . 2016
  13. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    Some level of comparison and competition is necessary, it what gives us goals. But letting it get out of hand is very destructive.
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    14 . Mar . 2016
  14. Amy Jones

    Great post! wish i had the strength to stop comparing all the time with others…

    15 . Mar . 2016
  15. Liz Mays

    My daughter wrote about this recently and how it’s often a fight for us not to do that. I don’t do it so much anymore, but I have, yes.
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  16. Doran @ Haute Beauty Guide

    In the last two years, I have gone through a major simplification in my life. It feels good not to have to stress over every little thing.
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  17. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    People used social media to show off so the aim for simplicity went down the drain. However, we should not let these things affect us at all. We need to remain who we are and be what we are.
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  18. Lexie Lane

    This is really a important topic. Great words, thank you for sharing it.

    15 . Mar . 2016
  19. Eugenia

    What an inspiring post! Sometimes yes, I compare myself to others, but I do my best to stop doing that. “Comparison is the death of joy”
    ? Mark Twain
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  20. Daan

    I agree that decluttering and simplifying my life will help. Every time I clean out a drawer, a closet – anywhere really, I feel a weight lifted from my shoulders.

    15 . Mar . 2016
  21. Dhemz Apdian - Dias

    such a great read…filled with inspiration and motivation! Thanks for sharing.

    15 . Mar . 2016
  22. Shaylee

    Lately I’ve been trying to better my life which means a lot of change! I’m not very good with change but I’m making my way through it. My change also involves weight loss so I’ve been getting into that comparison trap as well!
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  23. KRYSTLE COOK

    My husband used to be awful about comparing himself to his friends. Now that he’s matured thankfully it doesn’t happen anymore.

    15 . Mar . 2016
  24. Jenn Peters

    Great lesson from Ecclesiastes. I actually don’t remember reading that. Neat how you glean different things at different times from Scripture.
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  25. Shannon Peterson

    I definitely have a ‘keeping up with the joneses’ problem, but I am working on it 🙂
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  26. Ana Fernandez

    I dont like to compare myself with others. Unless it brings something good like changing a bad habit for something healthier
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    15 . Mar . 2016
  27. Laurie

    I love de cluttering. It’s getting the motivation up to do it since my process makes everything look way worse before it’s better.

    16 . Mar . 2016
  28. Claudia Krusch

    What a great read…Love all the inspiration and motivation! Thank you for sharing it.
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    16 . Mar . 2016
  29. mya.k

    I never compare myself to anyone because most of the time it makes people feel bad about themselves and I don’t like that.

    16 . Mar . 2016
  30. mya.k

    I never compare myself to anyone because most of the time it makes people feel bad about themselves and I don’t like that.

    16 . Mar . 2016
  31. Lawrence Hamilton

    That is so true. We compare ourselves to others and whine about what we don’t have when we could be happy with ourselves and what we do have. You are right on the money with this post!

    18 . Mar . 2016

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