“Comparison is the Thief of Joy ” Theodore Roosevelt

This is the maple tree in my front yard. Nothing does compare to this.

This is the maple tree in my front yard. Nothing does compare to this.


Recently, I attended a business meeting. I took special care that morning with my appearance wearing what I thought was a smart skirt suit with matching shoes and accessories.

Once everyone was settled in his or her seats, a well-dressed woman in a gray pantsuit and blue scarf got up to start the meeting. I looked at her with envy. Her outfit was more put together than mine. My skirt was too long and my bright red shoes made my feet look huge.

What just happened? Suddenly I went from thinking I have dressed appropriately to thinking that I was the dowdiest person in the room.

At lunch, I struck up a conversation with Debra from California. She was telling me about her daily exercise program. She stated that she had more energy than ever and lost 30 pounds.   I too exercise routinely and have lost weight. However, if I used her program to measure my success, I would fall short.

My discovery from this meeting was that if I start comparing myself to others, I would always feel that I do not measure up. I need to start appreciating my accomplishments for what they are – my accomplishments and my successes.

I will not compare myself to others. Someone will always have a nicer car, higher salary or a bigger house.

Comparison is the true thief of joy.  Let nothing rob you of your joy.











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1 Response to “Comparison is the Thief of Joy ” Theodore Roosevelt

  1. Gerry says:

    I always enjoy your posts. Very inspirational. 🙂

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