I was out enjoying a day of hunting cottontail rabbits with a few good friends and their beagles. All beagle owners have cute names they attached to their dogs…some of the hall of fame I’ve hunted with have been: Dottie, Millie, Beau, Sally and my own - Misty.
My buddy introduced us to a two year old beagle who just had pups. I made a mental note that the dog seemed rather portly, alright she was obviously big boned and quite overweight. Not wanting to cause any ill feelings about it; I kept it to myself. It was the beginning of the day. Better wait until the hunt was over to make fun of this gal. I thought to myself that she must be sleeping at the bottom of the bed under the covers and eating lots of table scraps.
Surprisingly, she got right with it and chased Bugs Bunny out from under a huge brushpile that the Game Commission had created near a glacial swamp gameland. That rabbit ran a gigantic circle of epic proportions and ended up crossing paths with a load of number 6’s discharged from a Fox Sterlingworth 16 gauge I usually carry for small game. It was a gift from my uncle and a sentimental treasure.
I collected the rabbit before the dog could get her mouth around it. My buddy sauntered over to admire the rabbit and to brag a little over the performance of his dog. Then he bent down and patting her on the head praised her saying, “That a girl “FATSO”! Way to get the bunny. Good girl FATSO!” :shock:
I tell that story because it got me to thinking about “comparisons”. We love to compare things that we can see. And we make value judgments based on tangibles, like weight etc. Our worth is not based on objective measurements, at least it shouldn’t be.
We also like to compare the worst features of something to what our opinion of perfect is. Think about the side by side comparisons we make of amateur or youth pitchers to professionals.
Comparing ourselves to others is a never ending habit that always leaves us coming up short.
Our life’s purpose is not to go around comparing ourselves to others and hoping that we will be better than most of the people we run into or seek out. The purpose is for us to develop into a unique person who contributes to the betterment of everyone around us.
Of course, there is some benefit to examining others and adopting successful practices. That’s not what I’m talking about. There is a good litmus test for this. If while observing someone else you find yourself being envious or jealous of them, then it’s time to start looking inward again.
For instance, here are two guys that probably rarely envied anybody and you have to admit are unique: