Most of us recognize our tendencies to compare and compete– like keeping up with the neighbors or the many Facebook friends we haven’t seen in ten years. Even though we KNOW it’s fruitless and even damaging to judge ourselves against others, we usually slip in and out of the comparison game, measuring everything from wardrobes or waistlines, to parenting styles or personality types. We do this, while yearning to have more and be more than we currently have and are.
One of my favorite stand-up comedians, Brian Regan, does this funny sketch that is actually a perfect depiction of this phenomena. He says, “I made the mistake of trying to tell a story about having only 2 wisdom teeth pulled and I learned a lesson, don’t ever try to tell a 2 wisdom tooth story, because you ain’t going nowhere. The 4 wisdom teeth people are gonna parachute in and cut you off at the pass. ‘Halt, halt with your 2 wisdom tooth tale!’ You will never complete one, trust me. I’m trying to tell my story, ‘You know I had some wisdom teeth pulled, I had -um-, I had 2–