Oh how I needed to read this book right now! It is so relevant to what happens on social media that I found myself nodding in agreement the whole time I was reading “I’m happy for you (sort of… Not really.)” Sadly I couldn’t agree more with the authors assessment that we live in a culture of comparison. With the holidays upon us there’s no better time to remind ourselves that the comparison trap just breeds unhappiness and discontentment.
How many times have you scrolled through Facebook and seen someone’s holiday decorations and felt completely shabby? Or searched Pinterest for a new holiday recipe and realized that you are completely inadequate. Not good enough. Not creative enough. Not rich enough. Not smart enough. The messages are loud and clear. But is that the message that’s being sent or the one we are receiving? Often what we receive is not the intended message and is more a reflection of our own inner demons than anything else.
Kay writes with a wit and humor that I can relate to and made me feel comforted and less alone that I am not alone in my assertions or interpretations. The question remains, what do we do about? How do we learn to feel contentment and stop comparing ourselves to everyone else?
We are our own worst enemy Kay helps squash some of the myths and messages that we think we are receiving and reminds us what life is all about. It’s not about what the Jone’s are doing. What is in YOUR heart? It’s time to let go of the comparison game and learn acceptance and love of ourselves and our life.
You only get this life. Why waste it thinking of what you aren’t and spend it being grateful and embracing who you are? I found so much relief just in the past couple of years letting go of a clean home. I don’t care anymore. I let it go. Sometimes I see other friends with clean homes but it no longer makes me feel inadequate. It is where I am in life right now and I fully accept that and even embrace it.
“I’m happy for you (sort of… Not really)” is a great read just in time for the holiday season. Don’t fall into the trap. You are so much more!
About the Book
Our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. With disarming candor and humor, Kay Wills Wyma explores how to trade comparison for compassion and rediscover what life is all about.
It’s easy to get caught in the comparison games we play with our appearances, our kids, and our homes. Kay reminds exhausted families about tried and true remedies from the pressures of competitive living.
In her warm, relatable style, Kay confronts the comparison epidemic raging in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our social-media feeds, offering remedies along the way.
With candor and humor, I’m Happy For You (Sort Of…Not Really) explores the troubling effects of living in an excessively competitive culture—and reveals simple yet effective ways to escape the comparison trap.
About the Author
Kay Wills Wyma is a blogger, mother of five, and the author of Cleaning House through which she has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, Glenn Beck, The New York Times, Focus on the Family, and more. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. Kay lives in the Dallas area with her husband, Jon, and their family.
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