As a child we want to be like someone. We look up to them as an inspiration.
As an adult we want to be like someone. We desire a certain quality or possession which they hold. Oh, that last sentence was a Google definition of envy by the way.
Every now and then that green eyed monster loves to creep up on us, and sometimes uncontrolled thoughts of wanting to be like someone or wanting what they have invades. How much control do we have over this feeling?
Being slightly envious isn’t a bad thing. I see it as a motivator. If I want to have something someone else has (mainly because they have advertised the good parts better than the bad and ugly), then it means I will have to figure out how they got it and try and work to obtain something similar for myself.
“Don’t envy what people have, emulate what they did to have it.”
― Tim Fargo
Also like I said, sometimes it is nothing to actually be envious for. Sure, they have the newest technology every fortnight, but you have probably laughed from the stomach more times this week than they have for the whole year. If only Facebook could make true happiness sound like the year’s biggest rave.
“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”
― François La Rochefoucauld
I’m just trying to say being envious of something is not always a bad thing (plus it’s not quite jealousy either, where something you already have is being threatened by a third person). Next time you want something, think of the blessings you do have instead of what you don’t.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
Also one last quote which just made me think about how quickly we are to bring people down:
“To find out a girl’s faults, praise her to her girlfriends.”
― Benjamin Franklin