Comparison is the currency of social media. We're drawn to look, like slowing down to gawk at the wreckage of an auto accident. Is there blood? Can I see the victim? Are they worse off than me?
Sadly, most social media posts are merely the highlight reels of others in your circle of "friends." Which makes comparison ridiculous.
Rarely do so-called friends post their argument with their spouse. The estrangement with their children. The isolation felt in front of the television, binging on some made-up "reality." Or the burdensome credit card debt hangover from that exotic Caribbean cruise.
Technology has made comparison convenient and continually available. It, along with commercial television, serves to produce massive dissatisfaction and feelings of less than.
Which is not an emotional state conducive to enjoying life or growing a practice. Instead, commit to the high and noble purpose of serving others. One at a time.
Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at Parker Seminars and other chiropractic gatherings since 1985. He is the author of 12 books that explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient’s point of view. His chiropractic blog, in-office consultations, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. His Monday Morning Motivation is emailed to over 10,000 chiropractors each week. Subscribe here.