Stay in the Joy
“How easily we get caught up in defining who we are in relation to those around us…I have lived enough in the world to know by now that this is how our ambitions often evolve. We first find ourselves alone in the joy of what we’re doing. But somehow, there are suddenly others along the way, and we lapse into the breathless race of comparison, and then we are hopelessly running to avoid being termed a failure.” — Mark Nepo
This excerpt is from today’s entry in Nepo’s The Book of Awakening, and I just had to share it with you. As I practice my creativity and photography, I find myself having this very experience that Nepo discusses. When I’m out photographing, I am present, in the moment, in flow. I’m excited about my photographs, eager to look through them, and happy to share them here at Life Refocused. More than that, I feel like I’m carving out a richer, more meaningful life for myself by engaging in my creativity. And then…something happens. I start looking through my contacts’ photos on Flickr. I read the blogs of photographers whose work I so admire. I spend some time on Pinterest scanning other people’s photographic work. And then…I feel small. I feel like my work “isn’t as good.” I feel like everyone else is better than me. In essence, I get trapped in the grip of comparison. And Theodore Roosevelt was never more right on then when he said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.“
We are all on our own path. We all have our unique journey that will be unlike any others’. This isn’t a race. It’s like we are each our own train, on our track, doing our thing. One train can’t really pass another on the track — there’s only that one track that the one train can be on. So let’s stay the course, our own course. And let’s stay in the joy. There is room for all of us.
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