“Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle!”
I don’t know John but his remark about not getting discouraged when starting out on a new venture reminded me of what my Mother always said: “There’s always going to be someone smarter, richer, prettier – fill in the blank – than you. And there’s always going to be someone poorer, not as smart – fill in the blank – than you.
Even as a child I was aware she was trying to teach me not to compare myself to others. Comparison can foster jealousy or worse, snobbish superiority.
I wonder . . . Sometimes comparison is good. It can motivate me to strive to attain something better, to avoid something worse, to appreciate what I have . . .
I wonder . . . Was Mom trying to prepare me for middle age spread?
I wonder . . . Did John know my Mother?