Inverted Comparison

I think, by this point, a lot of us know how dangerous comparison is for our own self-esteem. As the well-known saying goes “comparison is the thief of happiness”. I really believe that to be true.

What I want to talk about is Comparison, but kind of flipped around, more onto ourselves. The dangers of comparing others to ourselves. Have you ever heard yourself say anything similar to the following?

I’d never do what they have done

You would never catch me doing something like that

That’s not how id handle that situation

Why are they doing that?

Any statement that includes us stating how someone else’s behaviour isn’t something we would do, in a negative way, is this specific type of comparison that I want to talk about. I guess this type of comparing is nothing short of being judgemental and I think it’s safe to say, none of us enjoy being judged. Feeling accepted for who we truly are is a game changer, imagine if we felt we were perfectly okay just the way we are? Wouldn’t it be worth checking in with ourselves to see if we are potentially allowing this judgey attitude into our lives? Myself included. It could prevent so much potential unnecessary hurt.

As I always say we are human; good and human. We are products of so many factors and perfection isn’t something we should even try to attain. I myself have been guilty of this, questioning why someone would do what they did? That it made no sense to me etc. Well guess what, Khadra? You have no right to know the answers to any of those questions! If anything this has made life easier for me because I’ve stopped trying to work out the ‘why’. In my opinion, if someone wants me to know the why they will tell me. Until then I shall keep believing they are doing the best they can.

If this is something you want to work on, please do so with patience and love. Trust that your actions aren’t malicious and if you do slip up – that’s okay. It’s the nature of the game. I think it’s just worth being aware of so that we aren’t completely blind to our own behaviour.

I wanted to share some thoughts that I have practiced to slowly reduce my previously fairly instant reaction.

Some new ways to respond/think:

They did what was best for them

They managed the best way they could

I admire their strength during such difficult times

I don’t need to understand their actions (this was a big one for me)

We’re all a team – let’s support each other

Other steps we can take:

  1. Monitor our thoughts
  2. Look for the positive
  3. Avoid stereotyping
  4. Stop judging ourselves
  5. Focus on our own lives
  6. Remember how it feels

Dangers

When we compare others to how we might act, respond, talk, behave etc then we are closing off a part of our lives that can have so much potential compassion for others. We invalidate so many feelings because we are stuck in our own way of thinking.

I guess, if you were to imagine this was you and you were managing a situation in the best way you knew how to, how would you want to be met? With judgement or compassion? I know we’d all want compassion and acceptance. So let’s practice as much as we can, challenge ourselves on responses that are hurtful and see what deeper relationships we can build.

As always I’d love to know what you think about this. Does anything stand out for you? Let me know 😊

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6 thoughts on “Inverted Comparison

  1. betterthangoodenough123 says:

    Khadra, this is an awesome post! Such an important message, given in such a compassionate way. We are all just doing the best we can and we are all so much more than enough – we’re all equally likely to have bad judgment and make mistakes – what matters is how we show up for those we love, and each other, in all situations – with unconditional love and acceptance. I love your blog!
    Joan
    My Best Friend Adeline
    http://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

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  2. Sapphire Snowfall says:

    When I was younger I was forced into a more judgmental mindset because of the bullying I endured. I didn’t want to be that way, but I was and I kind of had to be to protect myself. I never liked it when I compared myself to others or vise versa, but it happened and it had to happen. For growth to occur you need to have up and down moments to battle with, so I’m proud of those moments.

    I truly try to believe in the mentality of always being positive and realistic, so it’s good to know others are out there feeling the same way. Be kind to others, give them a chance, don’t judge harshly and always just be true to yourself.

    Thanks for the post Khadra.

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    • thegoodthehuman says:

      Brian, that resonates with me so much. I come from an extrememly judgemental family, religious group and general unbringing. I also had to learn and adapt to that – even though deep down it made me feel horrible. However, similar to you, if that hadn’t been the case I wouldn’t be so passionate about not being that way now.

      Thank you so much for this comment and for reading! I appreciate it so much x

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