Common Mistakes: Jealousy


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How is it that we pray and hope for all the great jobs and opportunities to come to us, however we (being human) resent it when the great jobs and opportunities come to our peers? Yes folks, I am also guilty of the weakness of jealousy. I find myself indulging in jealousy mostly when I am fearful, fearful that I am not able to get what I want. It’s easy to become frustrated when someone else seems to be getting what is rightfully ours, even if we are too frightened to go for it.

I have always thought of jealousy as one of my biggest weaknesses. Just recently have I learned to see it for the “tough love” friend it can be. Whenever my friend Jealousy shows its face, the first question that comes to my mind is, “What am I afraid of at this moment?” and I am reminded of a quote I read by David Richo:
Fear follows us all our lives, that is a human condition
Fear sometimes catches up with us, that is an occasional predicament
Fear never has to stop us, that is the purpose of our work.

So, the next time we feel jealousy taking over our attention there is only one cure for it: good old fashioned love. Give yourself a break and deal with one of your fears. And, always remember there is more than enough for us all.

When you are jealous, how do you let go of it?