When I came upon this quote in one of my favorite blogs, Mindful Balance, something went click for me:
No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.
John O Donoghue, Anam Chara
The click was the realization: I am the entrance to my own world. Only if I invite you in can I have the pleasure of your company. Only if I invite you in can you begin to see what I am really like.
How often do we keep guard over our entrance — all the while longing to know and be known, to touch and be touched. Here we are at the entrance, here is my world — and welcome to it!