don’t compare your accomplishments to others’ …


Remember when I tried zip lining about a month ago?  Even when I did it, I realized that going across a not terribly wide river at about 20 feet above the water wasn’t probably a very big zip line experience.  But little did I know!

When a golf friend returned from a vacation in West Virginia recently she told the lunch group that she had ridden a zip line 350 feet above a river!  Another friend chimed in that she had zip lined high up among the tree tops in a jungle in South America!  And someone else mentioned that in Hawaii she had zip lined between the peaks of two mountains!

Wow.  I didn’t kid myself that my zip line experience was a really big deal, but I had no idea what real zip lining must be like.  I know now that my experience compared to my friends’ is like comparing Tour de France competitors with me riding a bike around my neighborhood.

But, if nothing else I am a positive thinker.  So, while my friends’ experiences are impressive, I still savor being able to say I’ve zip lined — and I still enjoy the memory of the admiration my family gave me when I accomplished it.

6 Responses to don’t compare your accomplishments to others’ …

  1. Dennis Herman says:

    I am sure this is what the writer of “Zip-a-dee-do-dah” had in mind when writing this song!

  2. Linda says:

    You have to start somewhere. You’ll be ready for those more adventuresome zip lining experiences the next time you’re at a West Virginia river gorge or in a South American jungle or on a mountain peak in Hawaii. 😉

  3. C. Beth says:

    Yep, that comparison can be a joy-killer! 🙂 Glad you are still taking pleasure in your own unique, fun experience.

  4. carlahoag says:

    Please feel free to compare your experience to any zip line that I would try: yours would be like a line strung between Mt. McKinley and Mount Everest! (I was a nervous wreck riding in the car up Pike’s Peak and won’t ever do that again!)

  5. Hilary says:

    Don’t zap your own zip! 😉

  6. Sandra says:

    Denny — You just go ahead and believe whatever you like. 🙂

    Linda — I appreciate your confidence in me, however misplaced. 🙂

    Thank you, Beth. 🙂

    Carla — You and me too. I still remember our trip up Pikes Peak when I was a little kid. Once was enough for me too. 🙂

    Hilary — Of course. Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

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