It isn’t very often that I share sentimental or emotional posts here on Super Stamp Girl. When I started this blog it was with the intent of it being a creative outlet and not a personal one. In six years of SSG, I feel like I have achieved a healthy and comfortable balance of both. But, there has been something plaguing my thoughts for a while now, that I have been debating discussing on this platform. After last week’s cardmaking style survey and hearing so many of you respond with
my “cards aren’t good enough,” it inspired me to put my thoughts into words and and share them with you.
Yes, I too struggle with "my cards aren't good enough."
For longer than I've realized, I have been comparing my life, my cards, my website, my photography, my writing, my
whatever, to e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e- else. This comparison has become corrosive to my perpetually happy-go-lucky positive assured self. It has slowly eaten away at my own ability to be content and confident with many aspects of my life. Whether I’m comparing my cards and my website, or even my career, my home and my bank account to others, I am only harming myself by allowing this comparison to rob me of self-satisfaction and foster envy.
"Envy is the art of counting anothers blessings instead of your own."
Somewhere along the way, I am ashamed to admit that I became caught up in website visits, blog stats, comments, followers and hashtags. Re-tweets, re-posts and "likes" only served to boost my self-esteem, while the photos or content that didn't garner as much attention left me feeling rejected and downhearted.
It was no longer simply about making the cards that I loved, but about making cards that other people liked.
Comparison was robbing me of the joy I found in card making and blogging.
There is always, always, always someone who is going to make better cards, or more money, or have a bigger house than me.
That's a fact that I know I cannot change. What I CAN change is how I view this comparison.
Not for the purpose of falling short, but to inspire myself to be and to do greater.
So, when you think you are not good enough, not thin enough, not rich enough, not smart enough, not talented enough,
not pretty enough, not kind enough, not whatever enough, please remember you are never alone.
No one’s life is completely free of loss, sadness, challenges, disappointments and insecurities.
We all have flaws and limitations, even if no one else can see them. (Duh, no one shares THAT on Instagram!)
Don’t get so caught up in seeing other’s lives (cards, homes, families, vacation, etc.) as perfect,
because comparison is the thief of joy for them too.
Most people are uncomfortable with recognizing how brilliant and amazing they truly are.
Starting today, I am owning it because my cards ARE good enough.
I AM good enough.
YOU are too.
Life is too short to let yourself steal your own joys.
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