Ripples #920: Releasing Jealousy.
Jan 9, 2017
Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.
-Mary Schmich, shared by Peg in Madison, WI
There is no envy, jealousy, or hatred between the different colors of the rainbow. And no fear either. Because each one exists to make the others’ love more beautiful.
-Aberjhani, shared by Jessie in Chicago, IL
If you’ve noticed envy creeping into your heart recently, you may want to first acknowledge it and perhaps even express gratitude for its intention. Jealously has at its roots an awareness that someone else has obtained or achieved something admirable, and also a longing for your own improvement. Neither of these is negative on its own.
Jealously becomes problematic because it tempts you to shift your focus away from the gifts you’ve already obtained, and it also hints that you may not be worthy or capable of acquiring that which someone else has.
You can move on from jealously as you gently remind yourself of your past successes and then determine whether you sincerely want to commit to the required effort it would take to transform the object of your envy into a goal OR if it is best to mentally congratulate the person for their achievement and move on to a more meaningful goal.
The Ripples Guy
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