I do my best to compare myself to myself, seeing as comparing myself to any other living creature seems only to result in self-loathing or feelings of inadequacy.
It's just that this doesn't come so effortlessly.
But when I do compare myself to myself, I see progress - even if only a small amount. A few years ago at this time, I set out to build myself a cocoon of solitude and resentment. I basically barricaded myself into my house that Christmas break, and very little cheer would have been found within this human frame of mine.
I've been taking note of the fact that trees seem to celebrate Halloween while we celebrate Christmas. Dressing up as ghosts and glowing under street lights.
I was so relieved to wake up. Seeing the face above didn't hurt either.
"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness
is trading what we want most
for what we want now."