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Last Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure to spend several weeks in Scottsdale, AZ near my BFF, and longtime prayer partner Karen Russo. My friend Chere came from NYC, and my friends Janice and Mike came from a few hours away and we had a lovely time playing games and celebrating my birthday.
One time, playing a board game, Karen said, “I think Jennifer needs to count her points, she may be close to winning.”
I knew that I had already won a while ago, but I didn’t wish to stop playing and I didn’t care that I’d won.
It was the journey not the destination.
One of the things I’ve talked about lately in my podcast is winning and losing. I love to play board games and card games. It’s something many of my family have in common with me. I remember loving to play Monopoly when I was pretty young.
I also remember just how competitive I used to feel and how it was an intense emotional experience. I used to get really upset if I made a “bad” move, or if I missed an opportunity. I’d get really upset about the game if I didn’t play well.
What I love now is being able to enjoy myself just as much regardless of who wins or who loses.
It really is the joy of playing that matters.
I love being able to have time with my loved ones and to be playful. I enjoy the strategy. Sometimes I win the game and sometimes I lose. I don’t have a better time when I’m winning. I never would have imagined that was possible before.
In my classes, folks sometimes share about the pain and suffering they experience when they compare themselves to others.
We say, “compare and despair.”
There’s no point in comparing. None. It always leads to a sense of lack and limitation and hence the despair.
There are so many mental habits that folks have that agitate their mind, and cause distress – and they can be eliminated MUCH more easily than we might imagine.
Comparison is a trick of the ego to help you feel more separate. It always leads to suffering. It doesn’t matter if you compare and think you’ve come out ahead or you’re lacking – since there’s only one, either way you just feel more separate.
My invitation is to look at the habit of comparing and despairing and to simply give it over to the Higher Holy Spirit Self to do the heavy lifting.
Life is a lot more fun without comparisons – they’re completely unnecessary and unhelpful most of the time. Give it up! Instead, celebrate what we have in common – for all of us, our true nature is perfect Love. Let’s celebrate what unites us and feel the unity!
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