— Theodore Roosevelt
I have a shirt that I often wear for fun that has this saying on the front: “Jesus loves you, but I am his favorite.” (The truth be told, everyone is his favorite.)
Along with this, I told my five grandchildren that they were my favorite grandchildren. One of them asked, “Do you have other grandchildren?” I said, “No! but you are my favorite.”
So many of us are competing with others to be the favorite or number one. So, we are constantly comparing ourselves with others. How do we measure up with others in terms of intelligence, looks, abilities, talents, and success?
I would like to propose that we use comparison as a motivational tool to improve ourselves. Instead of comparing in a way that leaves us feeling inadequate, let us use comparing in a positive way. We will call this process “Positive Comparisons.” The task is to use the person to whom we compare ourselves as a role model.
You were given special gifts
and talents to share with the world,
and even though everybody has
special gifts and talents, nobody will
use theirs quite the same way you do.”
Dr. William E. Austin is a licensed psychotherapist and holds a Doctor of Divinity degree. He is a therapist with Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services . He is well known for his warmth and sense of humor. His book, Creating Our Safe Place - Articles on Healthy Relationships, can be purchased through www.amazon.com.
Tidewater Pastoral Counseling: 623-2700
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