“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal…”
July 1776, The Declaration of Independence
But ever found yourself a bit ahead (good!) or coming out on the short end (awful!) of life’s measuring stick? Really, what were those original patriots thinking? For me that sense of equality, a respect of others, can so often get lost in comparisons.
A few years ago I found myself in a job I did not seek, but accepted out of a sense of duty. Frustration ruled my days, then months as most of what I set out to accomplish failed. Compounding this dilemma were regular conference calls with colleagues who shared their thrilling successes… And then I became physically stressed out too with a progressive stiffness that interfered with my sleep.
Hoping for some guidance on what to do, I turned to the Bible. Perhaps this could be looked at as a desperate impulse. However, I have found true time and again the statement, “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing” from an indispensable book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.
There I realized for the first time that comparing myself to others was a mistake contributing to major self doubt and royally interfering with discerning my own way. This passage from Proverbs, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success”, gave me a refreshing new focus!
My approach to work changed. No longer trying to figure things out on my own or thoughtlessly mimicking others, I found an appreciation for humble prayer that is more listening than listing problems. First of all, I began to have restful sleep again as the stiffness eased. Then within a week I became aware of two circumstances unique to my area that have since grown into an important direction.
I experienced a sense of health and opportunity that freedom of thought and heart can bring. A freedom to live the best in myself as well as to highlight the good in everyone I meet. One might say I discovered that humble pie sans comparisons is delicious!