“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.