"It is an interesting question
how far men would retain their relative rank
if they were divested of their clothes."
-- Henry David Thoreau
Our relative position in life is so often based on a comparison of others and/or what others may have, be, or appear. This is virtually always the ego wanting desperately to be in charge, and most often, this approach is not self-serving.
The quote above may help put our place in better perspective. Yet, here is something better:
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -- William James
Yet one better. . . by changing this last quote ever so slightly, yet it becomes so much more:
Act as if who you are makes a difference. It does.
Perspective is about learning I think, and R Buckminster Fuller said that so well when he said, "you can never learn less, you can only learn more."
The healthiest perspective is to accept ourselves as fully worthy and not in need of anyone else to verify us. By virtue of the fact that we are here, we are worthy. If someone wanted to bring God into this, it would remain that by virtue of the fact that we are here, we are worthy.
Allow Yourself To Love Yourself. You Are Enough.
Spread Some Joy Today--by realizing and celebrating that as a goal of life, that to experience, enjoy, and spread joy is as worthy a goal as I can imagine. Everything else is superfluous.