Self-Improvement, Christian, Faith, Non-Fiction, Memoir
READ, if you're a human being
I "won" this book recently, which part of me thinks was God handing it to me and going, "here, you need this." Because, I SO totally did. I don't even want to admit to you how often lately I had been comparing myself to other people, both in person and online, and feeling good or bad about myself based on the results.... it's too embarrassing. Let's just say
it had gotten really bad, k? And based on conversations with some of my closest friends, I wasn't alone in the comparison game either! I'd venture to say all of us are probably dealing with it to one extent or another. ("Mommy Wars," I'm looking at you! ;P)
Without once being preachy or overly simplistic, Wyma discusses how rampant the "comparison culture" truly has become (thanks facebook, instagram, and pinterest.... *rolls eyes*) and helps to gradually shift your context to prevent comparison from stealing your joy. I enjoyed getting to know her in the memoir-y sections, and felt like I really benefited from the more "self-improvement-y" sections. As a bonus, Wyma is funny too!
I could say with a measure of drama that this book changed my life, and I think that statement actually would be true. It was a relief to know I wasn't alone in letting my self-worth be determined by how I think I measure up with the competition, and also that I wasn't STUCK in that place of insecurity and frustration.
Since reading I'm Happy For You (Sort of... Not Really), I feel like I have been able to connect more genuinely with the people around me, and have been able to say "I'm happy for you!" and really mean it. I still have a ways to go, but now that I'm aware of the problem, I also know that this is an area of my life that I CAN change.
A quick note -- the author writes from the perspective of Christianity, but I really think that the book is so universal that most people would get something out of it even if they aren't people "of faith." So don't let the "Christian" part put you off of this book altogether! If comparison is an issue you struggle with, this book can help get you started on a more joyful, secure path. :)
Sick of comparing yourself to others (online or IRL) & feeling insecure or frustrated as a result? Read this book!! https://t.co/5B8TrbylEl— Sarah Eliza (@REALsaraheliza) March 15, 2016
I'd love to hear your thoughts -- how do you deal with the insecurity and frustration that comes from our "comparison culture"? And if you'd rather chat privately, shoot me a message on facebook. :)
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