Oh, Joy

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I saw this quote on one of my favorite blogs I follow, Ashley Anne - Under the Sycamore. Her blog is filled with beautiful pictures, inspiring ideas, and uplifting thoughts. Every post is a treat. But this particular quote really hit home for me.

It is human nature to compare. It's amazing how quickly we can go from being so proud and satisfied at something we have accomplished, the state of being we have found, or the joy we have reached to feeling completely... Inept. Inadequate. Falling short. Unhappy. That joy was stolen.

Unfortunately, I find myself doing this on a regular basis. Say I just finish a great run, and feel so proud that I reached that goal distance, or improved my time. Then I hear about someone else that did the same amount just a smidge faster, or went considerably longer... and suddenly my run was not enough. I'm not good enough. I have to be better. Why can't I hold on to the original self-satisfaction I once obtained?

Today's modern world of blogs, TV, movies, you name it, sets up a stage where we can ALWAYS compare ourselves to someone elses life... even though the view we see is not the whole picture. Ever since I read this quote, I have been thinking about joy. Joy is happiness. Felicity. Contentedness. I want to strive to stop comparing. I want to embrace and hold on to the joy I feel from what I achieve, what I do, and most of all, for who I am. I am Camille Elise Lewis, and knowing that brings me joy.


Natalie said...

Hi Camille! Thanks for this post, everyone needs to be reminded of this and I loved it!

Amanda Jones said...

thank you for that great post...I defiantly needed to be reminded of that!

Rachel and Jason said...