There are people who have things I wish I had.
Yet, I am jealous of no one.
Here are three of my reasons why:
1) What God gives to others is God’s business.
I don’t know what their purpose in life is. I don’t know what resources and relationships they need in order to fulfill their purpose. I don’t know what prices were paid and what compromises were made to acquire what they have. I don’t know what they’ve been through. I don’t know what their secret struggles and private problems are. I don’t know what it’s like to feel their emotions, think their thoughts, or live their lives. I have no solid ground to stand on as a basis from which to judge other people’s worthiness of what they have.
2) My business is to make the most of what God has given me.
I know that I live in a universe of abundance. I know that my ability to experience the fullness of that abundance depends only on my receptivity to it. I know that someone else’s well-being doesn’t preclude my own. I know that my life has a unique purpose and an irreplaceable role in the evolution of humanity. I know that I already have everything I need to begin fulfilling my destiny. I know that I am the only one who can stop me from becoming who I want to be.
3) Jealousy is too expensive.
Being jealous requires me to see myself as a victim of lack and limitation. I can’t be jealous of what another person has without losing touch of the appreciation, hope, and excitement I feel over the opportunities inherent within my own life. That’s a big cost to pay. I can’t afford it because I’ve invested all my energy in the opposite way.
What about you? What are your thoughts on jealousy?