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Life Lessons

Compare and Despair

After ranting about a friend who seemed to “have it all”-the perfect life, great friends, a flawless figure, a fabulous mate, and a wonderful job, a wise mentor put her hand up to stop my blabbering and told me, “Never compare, or you’ll always despair”.  The more I thought about it, the more it rang true.  Each time I compared my own body, job, friends, family, and life to someone else, I felt a pang of despair.  Mine wasn’t good enough.  Theirs was better. Every time I compared, I felt worse about myself and my progress.  What’s the secret to
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Those Darn “Shoulds”

The incessant “shoulds”…the things we think we “should” be doing with our lives. I was looking back through my journal I kept while living in Ecuador, and came across the following entry: I am 27, what “should” I be doing? I should be married, I should be in a serious relationship.  I should own a home, I should be in a steady career, I should be saving for my future, I should be living near my family, I should have a job, I should not be volunteering, I should not be traveling the world, I should not be living in
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