These days, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of comparing lives and becoming envious of what others have when you have platforms like social media, where you get to see stories on snapchat or instagram, holiday pics on facebook and for some reason, that reminded me of window shopping.
Let’s just say we’re all business owners.
One day, you come across a fancy looking shop.
From the outside looking in, it looks very appealing and clean. Perfect in every way, no mess, no stress, every mannequin dressed to impress.
You walk into their store and straight away, you’re attracted to all the great vibes and signs they’re giving you.
“CLEARANCE SALE”, “NOTHING OVER $10” and “BUY 1 GET 1 FREE”.
You start feeling down and sad thinking about your own business, it’s not as fancy and it’s not in good condition or located in a nice area like this one.
So you start investing so much of your thoughts and energy wanting everything in that store for your own shop.
You’re almost sold on everything you see, but the closer you get to read the signs it says:
“CLEARANCE SALE… red marked items only.”
“NOTHING OVER $10….. faulty or damaged.”
“BUY 1 GET 1 FREE….only on selected styles.”
You then realise, this shop isn’t what you expected or what they made it out to be. You wished you had more faith in your own shop with all the doubt and shame you started thinking, when the fancy shop had problems just like yours, they were just better at disguising it.
Moral of the story is – Everything isn’t what it seems.
Some people like to advertise and promote all the great things that are happening in their lives, but put all the things that they’re not so confident about or proud of in small print, where it’s hardly noticable.
The truth is, all our shops could do with a bit of work, but instead of competing with eachother, we need to work together and not be afraid to open up to others and learn from eachothers mistakes.
Every shop is unique and we all have different things to offer, so don’t worry about what others have or do with their business, focus on your own and work on what you can bring to the market.
And remember “Nothing comes to sleepers, but a dream” – George Veikoso
If you want a fancy shop, work hard for it.
If you’re content with what you have, thank God for it.
God doesn’t want us to impress eachother, He wants us to love one another and be more like Jesus.
So don’t let the life your neighbour is living get you down, just focus on your own journey and keep striving for that eternal crown🙏