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  • Writer's pictureAnna Maria De Guid

Desiderata: On Comparing

There are many things that could bring us unhappiness. Most of these we cannot control. One over which we have control is comparing ourselves to others.

It was a blessing that at a young age, a poem touched my heart many times. It took me years to fully comprehend and appreciate its full wisdom.

This poem is Desiderata by Max Ehrmann.

One of my favorite passages from the poem is:

“If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

I believe the only person we should compare our self to is our past self.

Are we better now than we were a year ago? Have we become a better version of ourselves?

That’s probably the only worthwhile comparison we should be doing.


My name's Anna Maria! I publish a new blog post every Monday and Friday, two of my favorite days!If you want to learn more about my journey, my book "Touched by Grace: The Journey" will be released this spring through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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