As the year draws to a close, are you distracted by what you didn’t get done?
When I start down that road, I also begin comparing myself to other people…
Friends and colleagues in real life.
Sometimes we come up ahead, and sometimes behind. Often we think, “I’m so thankful I didn’t have to walk through THAT!” and often — if we’re honest — we also think, “Where’s MY good thing? When is MINE coming?”
But here’s the deal: comparison is the thief of joy, as Teddy Roosevelt famously said.
And I will add this:
This is the season to be jolly, not to blame yourself for things you didn’t get done. Life is twisty and some things take time; we don’t always know why events unfold as they do. My wish for all of us right now is this…
It’s okay to take your time. It’s okay to let things unfold. And remember: you’re doing better than you think you are.
I love this quote from Morgan Harper Nichols:
If you’ve read the Notes to my picture book, Jacaranda Snow, you’ll know that jacaranda seedlings were given to new mums in Australia when they left hospital, and that’s why we have so many beautiful jacaranda trees. This week, a lovely fan of the book emailed me to tell me that jacarandas were also given to young birth mothers at adoption. I love Australia and our jacaranda kids. (If your local library or school library doesn’t have Jacaranda Snow yet, please ask them to carry it! It’s so important for our history.)