Can you imagine what a boring world we would live in if everyone was the same? Life would be filled with an overabundance of scientists or musicians or athletes. Who would create the beautiful frescos, or protect our communities or cook the exotic foods we have come to love? How would we ever learn, grow, and experience joy if we all had the same abilities, personalities and experiences? Each day would be so very uninspiring. There would be no awe for the talents of others, no need for mentors to inspire us.
It can be so very hard to see how important we are in the world when we compare ourselves to others. The reality is that you cannot compare yourself to another because you were intentionally designed with your own unique gifts, experiences, and desires, which cannot be discounted simply because you believe someone else is more important than you. The desire to make comparisons is usually heightened during periods of change, stress, and challenge. During these times, it is very easy to glance at the perception of another’s life and say, “I wish I could be more like them or they really make a difference and I do not.” This is frustration speaking and providing you with a signal to take a breath and acknowledge the beauty of your gifts. Each person has a purpose. Some of us have a purpose that many see and others have a purpose that is seen by a precious few. Either way the impact is profound.
When you are inclined to perceive that someone is smarter, more talented, or more accomplished remember that you have talents that those you are envying admire about you. God architected each person to make a contribution to the world as well as with opportunities for personal growth and development. There is no perfect person or perfect life. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Our strengths inspire others and our weaknesses help us become a better person.
We need our individual diversity to help each other and ourselves. We cannot grow or be an inspiration to others if we diminish our talents by standing in the false shadow of another. The very gifts you possess add to the beauty of your life and the life of those around you. Collectively, we create a world that is exciting, interesting, and full of opportunities. There will be times when someone is up and someone is down. It is all part of the yin and yang of life, which has been thoughtfully constructed by our Creator. Don’t waste precious time feeling less than. Celebrate your gifts, your quirks, your shortcomings, your challenges, and your victories. You are a critical part of creating a better world. Someone is learning from you and you are learning from someone else, which is why we are all here.
Renee’ Gatz has been an executive in the
ﬁnancial services industry for 15 years
where she has held a variety of marketing
and communications roles. Renee’ is a
graduate of St. Peter's College in Jersey
City, NJ where she earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Management while attending school
in the evening and working full time. She lives in Woodbridge,
NJ not far from her childhood home.