Comparison & Gratitude


It’s funny when epiphanies strike.

It’s never at a convenient time. It’s usually in the shower. Or while driving. Or, like today, while walking Kevin.

In high school, I was a nerd. Minus the pocket protector and broken glasses. But, if I had to choose a high school social group box to check off, I’d probably choose “Nerd” and if I was allowed a second box, “Art/Drama/Band Geek.” I graduated at the top of my class and when it came to academics, my competitive nature kicked into high gear.

However, nowadays, now that I’m running my own business and learning most things on the fly, I feel like I’m way slow. That girl that graduated second in her class and had no problem calculating a derivatives in Calculus? She’s gone. I feel like it takes me SO MUCH LONGER to learn.

And that’s where the epiphany comes in.

Don’t compare yourself to others. You are enough.

I’ve attended countless seminars and workshops about business and photography. I’ve read blogs and books galore. And yet, sometimes, I feel like some of things that I’ve learned take FAR TOO LONG to sink in and click into place. It’s like that missing puzzle piece. THAT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE.

A few months ago (OKAY, seriously, how are we already halfway through May?!) I wrote about wanting to write more authentically. About not being concerned about what others may think of me, without seeking the approval of anonymous eyeballs on the internet. Because this, right here? It’s mine. All mine. And if it doesn’t jive with you, that’s totally fine. Actually, it’s great. You can take your mouse and click away.

But it if does vibe with you, thank you. Thank you for sticking around and reading what rattles around in my head.

comparison is the thief of joy - theodore roosevelt

I spotted this on Pinterest a few months ago, and I always refer back to it.

Comparison is the thief of Joy.

It speaks so much truth.

I admit that I often find myself in that trap of comparing myself to other people and then starting to feel like I’m not enough. Like I don’t have enough. That I need what “they” have, whoever, “they” may be at the time.

I think it’s human nature to think like that. To look at what others have and want it. That small tinge of jealousy and desire that courses through our veins. It’s normal and natural, but I dare say that it’s not healthy.

I know that when I compare myself with others, I always walk away wishing, longing for what they have. Whether it’s more money, more clients, a nicer car, a nicer house, nicer home decor, a nicer computer, nicer photo equipment, and the list can go on and on. We want what we don’t have.

But I’ve come to this understanding. There will always be someone out there who has more. And there will always be someone out there who has less. And I need to remember, every day, even if I have to chant it to myself, that, “I am enough. I have enough. I am thankful for what I have.”

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

I think it’s important to remember to be thankful for what we do have.

I may not have a flashy car, or a McMansion, designer purses, or a $50,000 gear setup. I’m not the best, most epically talented photographer, I’m not a gazillionaire, and I’m not super fashionable or an artsy hipster.

But what I have in my life: my husband, my family, my faith, my home, and now our dog, clients that I adore and I know that I have enough.

I am happy. I am humbled. And I know that more material things could never replace my blessings.

But why is it that I sometimes fall back into the trap of comparison? I think that I forget about what I do have. I allow outside influences to push me to think in one way or another. But I just need to remember that I am enough.

And YOU are enough.

No matter where you are in life, what you do, what you have, you are enough to make things happen. To change your life. To do big things. It may not be packaged with a pretty bow or happen as you’d like, but you have what it takes. No matter what anyone else says.

So take a moment to say “Thanks,” for what you have and go out there and make it happen.

Replace comparison with gratitude instead.

Happy Tuesday!

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  • Reply Becky Deahl Barnett 05.15.2012 at 6:34 pm


  • Reply Emily Hudspeth 05.15.2012 at 7:34 pm

    I am grateful for you!

  • Reply K@ 05.16.2012 at 8:59 am

    awesome awesome post. thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Ciiku 05.16.2012 at 10:23 am

    Poignant words Catie!

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