How is Comparison one of the biggest thieves of joy in life?

A Note on Comparison
One of the biggest thieves of joy in my life is when the mind starts comparing “me” and my actions to what would, could or should have been! It doesn’t seem to matter much WHAT is being compared. The very act of comparison has an inherent anxiety in it. Inquiry tells me that comparison is usually based on two things: the ideal and the real. The ideal is always something to attain, something better. And the real – what is actually happening – is relegated to a lesser status. So, in the comparison, “I” always come up short!

Further inquiry reveals the disturbing nature of this comparison: the “ideal” almost never can be attained! No matter how hard I try to achieve it, it eludes me! And those amazingly rare moments when I DO achieve it, the mind won’t let me hold on to that satisfaction. Instead, it insists I do it again, or do something BETTER!
Now, after many of these inquiries, when I step back and recognize that comparison is happening, usually the comparison just drops out of sight! It’s as if the mind – finding that it has been caught in this game – quietly slips away!
Love…

Take 100% Responsibility For Your Life.

Take 100% responsibility for your life.
Anything less…and you’re screwed.
©2010 subhan schenker

Take 100% responsibility for what you do and don’t do.

Take 100% responsibility for the consequences of your acts.

Take 100% responsibility for your judgments of others and turn them around, seeing how they reflect you.

Take 100% responsibility for your reactions to what others do.

Take 100% responsibility for the misery in your life.

Take 100% responsibility for the joy in your life.

Take 100% responsibility for not doing what you love to do.

Take 100% responsibility for doing what you DON’T enjoy.

Take 100% responsibility for saying “yes” when you feel a “no”.

Take 100% responsibility for saying “no” when you feel a “yes”.

Take 100% responsibility for not acting on your gut feeling.

Take 100% responsibility for being exactly who you are.

Take 100% responsibility for how you deal with EVERYTHING.

Take 100% responsibility for not taking responsibility.

Take 100% responsibility for your health.

Take 100% responsibility for what is and isn’t working in your life.

Take 100% responsibility for who you keep company with.

Take 100% responsibility for the “seeds” you plant in your life and what grows from them.

Take 100% responsibility for all the little things that happen in your life, as well as the big ones.

Take 100% responsibility for what you eat and drink.

Take 100% responsibility for what you see and don’t see, hear and don’t hear, and feel and don’t feel.

Even if you take 99%, that other 1% will run your life by creating blame, resentment, dependence, misery…and perpetual disappointment! So why not go all the way to 100% and experience what happens in your life! It may look impossible, and yet it is the ONLY WAY to be FREE!