"Excessive comparison and competition sap our energy and steal our joy. Our friends become our audience and judges, and our kids become part of our brand. Add social media’s constant invitation to post and peruse, and it’s no wonder that we’re left exhausted, discontent, and lonely. Thankfully, there is another way!"
I'm Happy for You(Sort Of...Not Really) by Kay Wills Wyma is the perfect book on how to find contentment in a culture of comparison.
First, I love how Wyma doesn't tell us how to do so, but rather how she is trying to be content in her life circumstances. She uses so many real life stories that show that she is just a human, who messes up time and time again, but is working towards happiness for others. I think anyone can relate to her examples and nod their head in agreement with so much of what she writes.
Face it, we all have that little green envy monster within us. Before reading the book I probably would have said that I'm not much of a jealous person. After reading it I realize there are many areas of which I can improve. While I know (as a blogger myself) not to get all worked up about how "perfect" people's lives can be based on their online presence alone, I did love this quote:
But I have found myself thinking:
"I would love that type of house."
"It's not fair that they have all their kids and no health worries.
(Not that I would wish the opposite on anyone.)
"They just inherited all that?!"
The list goes on. The book gives us many sound ways to look at these thoughts in completely different light. It felt more like a chat with a friend over a cup of coffee than a book. I got a lot of it and plan to apply many things Wyma discussed in my own day to day thinking (and lusting).
This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.