So what does a lifestyle of comparison take from me?
Peace, because there is always something better, someone who is more accomplished than me, a higher standard to reach.
Contentment, because my present was never good enough.
My future, because the vision I had for my life was polluted and distorted by what I saw in others that I wanted for my own.
Security, because the foundation for my identity was built on where I stood in relation to other people’s lives.
Relationships, because you can have meaningful relationships with people in the present if you’re forever comparing them to people in the past.
Relationships, because I missed out on great people, overlooking them for friends who would give me some sort of social standing.
Freedom, because pursuing our true calling means turning my eyes, ears and heart away from what everyone else is doing and focusing solely on what is in my hand because what is in my hand is what is best for me.
I’m sure there is more, but these are the first things that came to my mind. Is it worth it? I think the answer is obviously no.