Freedom From the Comparison Game


Our culture begs us to own more. Advertisements call us to purchase the latest and the greatest. Our natural tendencies cause us to compare our lives with those around us. Add in the fact that we seem to have a built-in desire to impress others by owning as much as possible. And you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

As a result, we spend precious energy comparing our stuff to others. We notice what she got for her birthday, what technology he carries in his pocket, or what trendy clothes all of our friends seem to be wearing. Ultimately, we end up wishing we had more. But this constant dreaming, hoping, and envying others’ possessions steal from our joy and contentment today.

We spend so much mental energy thinking about what we don’t own, we fail to appreciate the things that we do own. It makes us feel we are missing out on something—even though there is so much joy right in front of us.

Joshua Becker

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Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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  1. Mira Evans says

    I can really relate my life with this post. Despite the fact that people nowadays are getting more conscious on owning the latest smartphone or the largest Ipad or even the coolest app, i still think that having an ordinary cell phone with the basics that i need (sending a message, making a call, alarm clock) is enough for me. Although my parents told me that we might need those modern technology to connect easily with people, i’d rather have the actual face-to-face conversation with my loved ones.
    For me, it’s not a competition, it’s simply a trend.

  2. di says

    If I purchase something, it needs to be affordable, practical and add convenience. Depends upon your circumstances and various situations.

  3. Matthew says

    Thank you, Iv recently started to make some huge changes in my life. Decluttering all my crap has strangely made me much more happy and grateful. I have been trying to overcome a gambling problem which I have had for many years, and this is my cure. I feel so free now. So thanks again.

  4. Jean says

    Matthew…..Glad to hear someone admit that they are working hard to over come a gambling problem….glad to hear that you could admit you have one…have loved ones that will not admit to having a problem and it is controling their life ….just wanted to say Good Luck….haft the battle is admititng

  5. says

    I truly believe that wanting what you have is much better than having what you want. (I would credit the proper person here, but I do not know who it is. Suffice it to say, this is not my original thought. I am, however, happy to pass it on)

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