DAY 026 - Comparison Strips Away Joy
I come from a family of ten. Six boys, two girls, one mom, and one dad living mostly always in a 3-bedroom home. Along the way we all became creatives. 8 kids all with the ability to draw what they see. We loved drawing and painting. Most still do. What we dealt with growing up was the constant comparison of our skills and output. People would directly ask us who was the best artist in front of each other. We learned early on that in order to enjoy what we do, we have to appreciate each other’s unique abilities and celebrate our individual skills privately and publicly. The comparisons planted little negative seeds that would have ripped the average family apart. To this day, we get the comparisons and to this day, we give each other the highest praise. We praise the areas our brothers and sisters excel in. Comparison strips away the joy. It creates stress in environments that were formally free spirited and fun. I can’t speak for non-artistic communities, but in our family and community such direct comparison is not welcome. Please allow everyone’s uniqueness to stand alone. What we have learned after all these years, is that there is plenty of room for everyone to be great.
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