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Comparison is the thief of joy. - Teddy Roosevelt



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Hello, and welcome to reposted. In the next few moments, we'll be breaking down the posts that we have found to be inspiring, interesting, or otherwise entertaining quotes that catch our eye and we feel are worth a deeper look. Thank you for stopping by. Today we're going to start off with a disclaimer so we can just get into it. I'm going to start by saying no matter who you are in the planet, somebody has it better than you. And somebody has it worse than you. You live in San Francisco. I live in Los Angeles both are cities of excess. We're surrounded by people that have more than we do. all that to say is this quote is largely credited to Teddy Roosevelt, but I don't think he was the first one that said it. comparison is the thief of joy. I think there's a lot of different ways to attack this. But I think it's true. Like if you get caught up in comparing yourself, other people, you can enjoy what you're doing in the moment.


Larry

I often have this thought that I have it me Larry Olson has it better than every single person that lived in the Middle Ages that includes Charlemagne, Leif Erickson, Joan of Arc marcopolo. All those people were successful had lots of money power, but ever, but I live better than all of them. And they just because the medieval times they didn't have toilets, they have running water. I have a better than them.


Andrew

Does that give you draw to be like, hey, suck it suckers? A few 100 years ago,


Larry

I had a medieval suckers,


Andrew

right? You're the king of the castle. You have it better than ever. I mean, okay, so what about present day you're surrounded every, every square foot around you is worth billions of dollars. Like what? How do you how do you get through that?


Larry

So I mean, like those suckers. I mean, truly, you comparing yourself to anybody sends you down a down a bad path. But we don't live in a vacuum. Of course we compare ourselves to each other. I think it's like the frame of how you do it is is the key.


Andrew

Yeah. And I think it goes back to the to bingo square yet, but know who you are, and know what's important to you, if that's exactly how we say it. But like, if you're the type of person that can look at someone else or some other situation and say, that motivates me, I want that that can be a healthy way to compare yourself. But if you say look, I'll use me specifically for an example I'll be in an acting class or someone someone come in and be like I just booked a series regular on an HBO show. I'm like, well, you're not that good. And that doesn't make me feel good for them. It doesn't make me feel good for me. So you have to be able to walk that thin line of giving yourself motivation by seeing what else is out there and doing a direct comparison


Larry

for a pre production for a discussion today you included an article from the Great Scott Wilhite and I knew is going to be a great reposting podcast because anytime we use Scott Wilhite, it's gonna be a great repost podcast. But he talks about when you count other people's blessings, instead of our own. We're bound to make accounting errors like so when we're jealous of somebody else instead of being happy for them. That's the wrong kind of comparison.


Andrew

Hmm. And I think he does this exercise where you can use your perspective to turn it around on making it a positive about what you do have, I think if you compare yourself and be like, Oh, this person and it takes


Larry

nothing, but time to sit and be thankful. Like you don't have to do anything I like It's fun. It's like to be a grateful person. You don't have to do anything. You set that sit there.


Andrew

Yeah. And it's free. But it just takes setting up your routine to do that. It's why it's important to you sit out every morning and look at the tree trees that come out of nowhere. You find new trees in front of your house and you're thankful for them. I think that's an important practice to have. I don't know all that to say it's like with social media with being in lockdown. It's easy to get into. My life sucks. But you can just take a step back and say suck it. Medieval suckers.


Larry

I would just say this about social media. You're right. I think social media is the worst For comparison, right? Because you go to Instagram, you see someone's like on a family vacation in Fiji and you're like, Damn them. They suck. I suck. But I will say this though. My disclaimer on my Instagram page is notice I am not posting pictures of me yelling at my kids. I'm only posting the good things. 50% of the time I'm yelling at my kids. You're only getting pictures because you probably don't want to see me yelling at my kids.


Andrew

I've been challenged anyone that looks at happiness on social media and thinks that you don't have it good. Try to do a post where everything looks perfect and see how much work goes into that. It's exhausting. It's not as fun as you think we kind of talked about earlier, like, put your phone down, this is months ago, but put your phone down if you take, if you have the urge to take your phone out, you're not having that good of a time. And so the people that are showing you how good of a time they're having, they probably aren't, I mean, not to say that they're unhappy. But it's a lot more work than you think. And so if all you do is consume it, you don't understand the negative that goes into showing everyone how positive Your life is.


Larry

I don't mean to get super religious, but I think the closest you can get to God is being exactly present in the moment that you're in. And if you're exactly in the moment that you're in, you're not pulling out your phone to get a picture of it.


Andrew

Yeah, and comparing yourself to the social media the way


Larry

I do that all the time. So I'm not I'm not saying I'm better than anybody.


Andrew

Yeah, you're not in the moment.


Larry

But by the beach this weekend, I took a picture of it, I didn't include, you know, hurt my feelings.


Andrew

So I mean, just to bring it back is like comparing yourself to other people can be healthy if you have it in context, but for the most part, be grateful for what you have because the medieval people can suck it.


Larry

Charlemagne, you suck.


Andrew

Well, if you're a famous Viking, please reach out if you can find this. Every posted podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller for the upside down sign saying thanks for stopping by.



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