Today, I had the privilege of listening to a lady who is an expert in cyber safety. She was a very sharp speaker with great authority on the subject.

In the midst of the discussion, she talked about social media influencers. She is from a part of Australia where they seem to be prevalent and she made the observation that it’s all so fake.

“I see them at the supermarket and their lives are not that glamourous,” she stated, “so please stop comparing your life to theirs. There is nothing real to compare to.”

I chuckled at the truth of that statement, wished that my 13 year-old daughter had heard her and then hoped for a moment that others aren’t comparing themselves to me.

Just because I write a blog about personal development, doesn’t mean that I have it all together.

Not by any means.

I’m not a millionaire.

I’m not an elite athlete in peak physical condition.

I’m not the perfect husband, perfect father, perfect son, perfect manager or perfect Christian.

I hope that I’m honest about my weaknesses and vulnerabilities, but like many others, suspect that I’ve portrayed myself in a light that perhaps isn’t completely accurate.

So please don’t compare yourself to me and feel inadequate, because that wouldn’t be fair.

I’m really not that impressive and if you don’t believe me, just ask my teenage kids.

I’m trying to be the best version of myself and don’t always achieve that standard.

I try to share what I’ve learned on my journey, but I’ve still got a lot to learn.

Don’t think of me as someone who is barking instructions to you from the pinnacle.

Think of me as someone who is walking alongside you on our common pilgrimages.

The only comparison that we should be making is with who we were yesterday.

Everything else has the potential to be incredibly misleading.