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Comparison

I’d like to continue a little on the burnout theme…and meld it with another one of my pet subjects, comparisons. One of the most exhausting things I see is how we compare ourselves to others. We look to see what others are wearing, buying, saying, reading, and where they are going…in work or in travel. We then look inwards and feel inadequate.

In these last few months, one of the most tiring things I felt was the re-immersion into the “rat race”. For a little while the soul was able to rest. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing in the stores and reading magazines again. But little by little I started noticing that I was feeling a bit of discontent. Why? Don’t I have everything I need and want? Oh, maybe I don’t. It would be nice if I could look like that person…why do I have such problem skin? Why don’t I love to work out and flaunt my perkiness in the latest craze, workout gear? Can’t I just wear the stuff and pretend I work out? It seems to be the trend of the moment. And why can’t I sound like that intellectual I so admire? Why doesn’t my home look like the one I visited yesterday? Not only does this constant comparing to others cause emotional burnout, it also takes us from what really matters. Continue reading Comparison

Square Footage

Are you just as happy in 600 square feet as you are in 6000 square feet? Driving a old Chevy vs a new BMW? Can someone be happy with less with this constant bombardment of advertising, and the constant comparisons between friends, coworkers and families. It’s tiring and disheartening at times. If you’re successful, you can feel the daggers of envy in your back…if you’re not “successful”, you feel this pressure to accomplish something!!! It doesn’t matter if you hear people saying that “in Africa everyone lives in a mud hut with no water or power”…really? How does that help you in the rat race? It might make you feel guilty, but it doesn’t really make a difference. Continue reading Square Footage