satisfaction; ease of mind

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To be a happy person, one has to drop all comparison. Drop all these stupid ideas of being superior and inferior. You are neither superior nor inferior. You are simply yourself! There exists no one like you, no one with whom you can be compared. Then, suddenly, you are at home. Osho

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been slowly working my way toward the goal of contentment. Not just complacency – “Well, this is how it is and it’s as good as it’s gonna get” – but being joyful and at peace with where things are and changing something – myself or the circumstances, depending – if I’m not. As a result, I’ve begun to notice more and more that people in general aren’t content. They press for the need to look perfect, to have that pair of shoes, to keep up with the Kardashians (or whomever you wish to keep up with) and as a result, they never have time to be content. Scrolling through my tumblr feed, I saw the quote by Osho that I put above, and it really seemed to strike the heart of the contentment problem. We live in a world that encourages us to compare ourselves to everyone and everything that we see. If our purse isn’t Gucci, we need to get a Gucci purse. If we don’t weigh under 120 lbs, we need to work until we are. Plastic surgery, designer everything and one-up-manship have forced us into an endless mill of malcontent because we’re never good enough, and what we have is never enough. They can paint better than you can; they have millions of dollars; surely they’re more attractive than I am. Twenty-five and thirty-year-olds play teenagers because of course, we can’t have them looking like real gawky, imperfect, awkward people. Pictures are thinned and airbrushed because we can’t have people thinking that scars, stretch marks, and rolls are okay. Well, I have something to say to that – and I probably shouldn’t say it in the interwebz-public so I’ll just say, forget that. Forget it all. You were created (not slapped together, not messed-up-on) in the image of God – stop comparing yourself to mortals. As Osho said, drop the ideas of ‘superior’ and ‘inferior.’ Change your heart, reflect Christ, challenge yourself, but for heaven’s sake, don’t change because someone or something else seems to have it all. Slow down. Focus. Stop comparing.

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7 thoughts on “satisfaction; ease of mind

  1. Amen! Preach it, sister! In regards to the older kids playing the younger ones, I really think it’d be funnier to have honest-to-goodness real teens play teens. Like, reality can be hysterical if you see it from an outsider’s perspective!

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    1. Don’t get me wrong; I love the adults most people get to play teenagers – but then we have thirteen-year-olds feeling inferior if they don’t look like twenty-seven-year-old women, and so forth.

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      1. Exactly. It can be hard to take the kids seriously and the adults are beautiful, but they’re not kids and I know a lot of people feel pressured to look like that and it’s not realistic for an awkward, zit-faced 12-year old going through puberty to look like that. It’s a tough balance. :/

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  2. GOOD post. Truly insightful! And I think it’s not only seeming like those in the limelight, but those surrounding you. My mother and I just had a talk about this — MY STINKING SISTERS ARE PERFECT, THAT’S WHY. XD They can draw and look perfect, but I guess I can sing. ;D You’re awesome, Mirr. Keep at it!

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  3. This is a huge ‘ouch’ moment for me because *I* need this specifically. Especially in comparing myself to others in looks and talents etc. and feeling like I don’t measure up.

    Thanks for this, because this is an amazing, deep solid point of view.

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