Red Ink and Highlights

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

Steven Furtick

Hey there! This week, I’m sharing a quote with you that I heard from a world-renowned pastor.  I spent much of my life negatively comparing myself to others, and now that social media is a dominate force in our society, I have to fight that much harder to not compare as I scroll the feed.  For me, comparing creates a domino effect of discontentment, decreased self-esteem, and feelings of inadequacies.  It’s a constant battle for the mind – at least it is for my own mind.

This quote doesn’t just apply to social media. I’ve spent countless moments of my day comparing myself to those around me.  Just last week,

  • I compared my achievements to others doing the same job as me at work.
  • I compared myself to the beautifully made-up women I saw on t.v.
  • I compared the name brands of my shopping bags to others in the same mall while I was shopping.

This quote tells us that if we are going to be at peace with who we are and how our journey unfolds, we must be sure that we are utilizing our gift of perspective to recognize that everything (and everyone) that glitters ain’t gold, but even if it is gold, it doesn’t mean that what we have is rust. Let’s appreciate the blessings we have, but not in comparison to the blessings of others.



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Elana Cole is an author, educator, and coach who is passionate about helping others in their personal journeys towards a more beautiful life. She is the author of "The Midnight Experience" and creator of Empowered Narrative, a blog about transforming the way you live and love.

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