We’re used to hearing about comparison in the context of comparing ourselves to others. Today I want to bring up a different kind of comparison, one that can rob us of years of our life: comparing where we are to where we want to be.
I don’t know about you but I have a visceral reaction just thinking about all the ways this shows up.
I thought by now I’d be…
I used to be able to….
I hate that….
What if I never…
This way of thinking has shut me down many a time and I have witnessed how often it has shut down the creatives that I coach.
I have learned to do three things in order to move through this painful comparison towards something else.
Acknowledge the truth.
Mourn the losses.
Open to the belief that even here there is goodness.
Many of us are facing, have faced and will face difficult and devastating circumstances. Many of us are facing the fact that our lives are simply different than we expected. Whatever the distance between what is and what we hoped for, if we lock ourselves into comparing the two, we can stay stuck in a loop of suffering for years.
Creativity lives in the present and, in an unexpected twist, it’s magic is strongest when it works with what is real.
Instead of losing years locked into comparing the way it is to the way we wanted it to be, let’s find the good that is available and get creating exactly where we are with exactly what we have. Who knows what we’ll achieve, experience and become on the adventure ahead!
PS This is an excerpt from Letters from the Studio, which I send out on Sundays. Join the studio and I will send these creative inspirations to you. Plus you’ll get a discount on classes, a free workshop series and more!