I am me. You are you. She is she.
And the converse is true.
I am not you. You are not me. And she is not you or me.
What am I saying?
God has made each of us unique.
So why do we compare ourselves to each other?
I will not do things the way you do them. I don’t want to do them the way you do them.
I do not see things the way you see them.
It’s okay. I am me. And you are you.
I discovered something while teaching my kids how to drive. I noticed things that they didn’t notice as I was looking in the same direction that they were. In some cases, I saw things that I wished they had been paying attention to, like the brake lights on the car ahead of us!
But in other cases, they noticed things that I didn’t see that helped us get to where we needed to go.
At first, some of them noticed nice cars that they liked all around us. That drove me bananas! I couldn’t believe they were paying attention to such insignificant, unimportant things when they should be paying attention to the road ahead of them, the traffic, and making sure they were in the right lane to get to where we needed to go.
As they got more experience, they started to learn about what they really needed to be paying attention to. Some near misses, some exclamations from me, some honks from other drivers, missing exits that we should have taken, and getting lost helped them to realize that they needed to pay more attention to their driving than to the nice cars around them.
They learned how to drive safely. But they don’t do it exactly the way I would.
They learned the most important skills and what really deserved their attention while they were driving. They still don’t notice the same things I do as we’re driving along. But they take care of the important things now.
There are some things that we all need to pay attention to. You and me and she all have to do some of the same basic things, like take care of ourselves, our families and our houses.
But the way we do these things will vary with our priorities, our interests, our goals, and our personalities.
My way is not the right way.
Neither is yours!
OK, I’ll be me – you be you.
I’ll take ideas and inspiration from the things you do and the way you do them.
And you can see if there’s anything I’m doing that you may want to try.
But do it your way. The way that works for you and your family.