Hey Fitties! Wow, this week is both flying by and has been strangely unproductive. Bizarre.

Did you like yesterday’s promo video for the Zombie 5k? RUN FOR YOUR LIIIVEES!!! Here’s another short trailer:

I’m just cracking up at this. At last, my horror-movie watching will pay off! I’m more confident in my zombie-evading skills than my sprinting skills (the trick is a bob and weave tactic, so I’ve gathered from my primary sources. Zombies have pretty shabby coordination so avoid running in a straight line. You’re welcome.)

Today I will be BodyRocking to Zuzana’s abs workout from Tuesday. I’m stoked — I don’t have to use the interval timer! I hate using that thing.

I’m hoping to do some Turbo Kick because my body evidently does not get the same ass-kicking from Zumba (sorry to say it, Zumba is not as intense as Turbo Kick) and I’ve definitely become weaker from not teaching it.

Also on the agenda for the day: pumpkin ice cream at Kimball Farm.  Yes, it is raining here. Yes, I’m eating ice cream after I work out. I see no logical contradictions there.

Every once in awhile I receive messages or teachings about the same topic or theme. Often, it happens to be something I’m struggling with and I sort of take that as a communication from God.  Over the past few days, I’ve received a lot of wisdom about the danger of comparing ourselves, our achievements and abilities to what others have. An email from Sandi Krakowski had these words of wisdom:

When our eyes go to where others are and where we want to be, if we’re not careful…. and acting in a healthy manner, we can get to a point of thinking we are different. This can often lead to believing we should be farther or…  that what we’ve done isn’t good enough. Sadly, a serious case of ‘ungratefulitis’ can set in and we’ve begun single handedly to destroy our dreams.

Looking at what others have done can be so beneficial — it can encourage you to know that people are capable of incredible things. It can teach you to dream bigger than you have been. But it can be really discouraging when it looks like someone else is so much farther along on their journey than you are — maybe they’re younger than you are and they’re more successful or they’re older than you are and they’re more fit!

The difference between modeling yourself after inspirational people and becoming discouraged by their achievements lies in comparison.  Using a person as a role model is inspirational. Tallying up the differences between what you have and what others have is discouraging.

To always focus on what you don’t have or where you come up short is not only demoralizing to you, but I propose that it is an insult directed at God.  Scripture teaches that God amply provides our needs (no, this is not always a McMansion and a Mercedes).

Transcendental philosophers like Ralph Waldo Emerson and Wayne Dwyer and even self-help authors like Rhonda Byrne similarly describe the universe as one of abundance and provision if only we would recognize it. Here’s where God diverges a bit from the Transcendental approach to the universe — even though we insult God with ingratitude, he still sends blessings (though how can we enjoy them when we’re in such a greedy mode?) Transcendentalists believe in a more quid pro quo relationship — have a grateful heart and you get more stuff. A reward for good behavior, in a sense.

Either approach you take, tallying up everything you lack is not the road to growth.  Plus, I just think it’s plain bad manners. To constantly focus on the menial nature of our job, wished-for lovers or the flabbiness of our tummy is to spit in the face of the power that provides material needs, friendship, family, health and a body that functions properly. 

I don’t know if you’re struggling with the discouragement of comparison right now, but I know I have been. So… this post has been very beneficial to me at least! 😉  See you later Fitties!

If you constantly focus on what you don’t have,
you will never fully appreciate what you do have.