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Not too long ago, I was on a trip where we were dropped off in the ocean, out in open water, to go snorkeling. When I agreed to the whole idea, I thought we would be in three or four feet of water, max. Never did I envision being so vulnerable and so far out there. To say that I was terrified is an understatement. The mantra that kept repeating in my mind was: Stick close to those in the water with me and I’ll be safer. I guess the thought of many of us being the victims of a shark attack felt better than just me.

As humans, we feel a strong desire to be part of the pack. We compare ourselves to others in order to determine our own worth. If we see someone who has a better car, we think they are more successful than us. When we see someone who is heavier than us, we think “Huh, maybe I’m not in as bad of shape as I think I am.” We rationalize irrational ideas and notions.

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