I often fall prey to comparison. And, not in a healthy way. Because I do many different things, my time is divided. Because, of the split focus, I often feel I should go deeper into each aspect of my work. I often wish I could/would spend more time on my choreography, on my lesson plans, on my writing, on my advocacy. So, when I see others who devote themselves entirely to one thing with great success, I feel like my attempts are somewhat pathetic in comparison. But, that is changing, slowly.
And, it is changing because I am realizing how others do the same thing with me. In a recent blog I wrote about the student who asked how I manage to have so much energy. I explained to her that I don't! The same week in a CFR class a fellow classmate described her impression of me being totally relaxed and comfortable, when in fact I was hugely uncomfortable and working really hard at the time. I am beginning to understand that others are elevating me in the same way that I have often elevated others.
And, I won't stand for it!
This misperception leads to too much suffering! It seems most everyone imagines that everyone else is happier, healthier, more balanced, more relaxed, smarter, more talented, more creative, blah, blah blah.
We can't ever know someone else's experience. And, even if we did. It ultimately doesn't matter, because we only live in this body, in this experience, in this time and place. And, if we let it, we can feel the richness of our lives, full and vibrant in every moment (including the crummy ones). Full is full. And, we are full just as we are.
In this moment, doing whatever it is we are doing, we are full if we are fully present. Our experience can't exist on a good or bad continuum, because that devalues our whole self, which is forever rich and complex. If we can truly let go of our desire to know what is outside of ourselves and instead become fully occupied with what is inside of us, we have a chance at dissolving the illusions that cause us suffering.
We don't have to believe that there is always a "better" way. What if there was just "this" way? Then when we are tired, we are just tired. We don't have to try to be like that energetic person we see beside us. Then, when we are struggling we are just struggling. We don't have to wonder how that person can always smile all the time. And, when we own our experiences fully then we get to experience the sweet moments just as fully. When we are joyful, we are free to be joyful. When we relaxed, we are free to be relaxed. There is no illusion of the other being better. Because there is no other than our current experience. The present moment is all that will ever be real. The present moment is both fleeting and eternal. The rest is smoke and mirrors.