It almost makes you want to cry out!
But it’s true.
Despite the silly comments of a few GOP presidential contenders lately, I think an outspoken Republican from our past nailed it.
It was Teddy Roosevelt who said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
And most of us – from school communicators and everyone else who blinks and breathes – have our own life experiences to share where we’ve proven this to be the case.
Whether it’s a neighboring district’s test scores or it’s undefeated football team… or whether it’s that other district’s 16% fund balance… usually it doesn’t take all that much to force the wind out of our sails.
And we bring it on ourselves!
Sometimes it’s just takes one of our parents to come into my office with a colorful brochure she received in the mail from another school district or virtual online academy to spoil my mood.
(I wish that was my piece!)
Sure, I recently joked about having NO DOUGH to fight my FOMO and GoTo NSPRA, but really, only about 89% was joking around.
The other 11% was me feeling bad about missing out.
Roosevelt’s observation about comparisons with others carried a certain punch when so many of my peers were in Nashville.
Here’s a short, but encouraging article that tackles our proclivity for self-defeating comparisons head on.
I lifted “Don’t compare your hustle to their highlight reel” off of the amazing website 99u.
I had written something for you yesterday on this very theme myself.
But then I read this article.
And well, you can just guess what happened next!