There’s a season in life for everything: Love, marriage, kids, friendships, people, jobs, growth, change. It’s inevitable. The product at the end of each season is worth it. Just as the fall season eventually brings us beautiful colored leaves and bonfire weather that we anticipate before it ever arrives so do the seasons of life. We anticipate the outcome but the process, the planting and growing, to reach that product is often hard. For me, nothing makes that harder than the little voice of comparison.
Comparison is tricky. It can sneak in and get settled before you ever realize that you’ve allowed it to affect your thoughts. I’m speaking from experience. I’ve gone through a season of feeling like I haven’t reached the goals I thought I should’ve by now. You know what I mean. It’s those moments of feeling unsuccessful and maybe even insecure. That’s what comparison does. It’s so easy to see someone else where she/he is in life and immediately compare that to your own situation. That was me. I was so focused on my not yet that I was letting my right now pass me by. I was sitting at a conference and I heard someone say “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 7.”
In that moment, I knew I had to focus on finding joy and bettering myself in the season of life I was currently in. If I can’t bloom where I’m planted, how do I expect to keep growing and blossoming and producing greatness? The answer is simple. I can’t. The reality is that you don’t know what that person went through to get to where they are. You don’t their struggle. You don’t know the hard times they persevered through to become the people they wanted to be and to reach the goals they desired.
What you can rest assured in is that your journey has been created just for you to be traveled by you to fulfill a purpose that only you can fulfill.
Embrace whatever life has to offer. Work hard. Pursue your goals. Chase the dreams. Be a boss lady. Trust in God’s plan. When comparison tries to sneak its way in, I choose to simple tell it “NOT TODAY”. I remind myself that I’ve been graced for any and everything. I don’t have to always have everything figured out because I would otherwise not need the growing and blossoming phase of life to understand the lesson I need to learn and to constantly become a better woman. No matter what stage of life I’m in and no matter what life brings you let’s always choose to beautifully bloom where we’re planted.
“Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.” Esther 4:14
Ashley Williams is a Nashville Pharmacist and blogger who loves all things home decor. She combined those two loves to launch her blog, PharmDecor, with the hope of sharing creative ways to decorate all while on a budget. She loves sharing tips for decorating, the best sales at the time and mixing in a bit of life talk around whatever is her on mind at the time. Ashley had wanted to blog for quite some time so she decided to launch on her birthday last year and just go for it. Faith over Fear. Her blog can be found at www.pharmdecor.com and follow her on Facebook (PharmDecor) and IG (@pharmdecor).