“Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it”. Honore de Balzac
I love this quote. I totally agree with it. There is nothing to be gained from it. And as far from perfect as I am, I cannot think of a single instance where I’ve been jealous of anyone. Ever. I don’t care if you are richer. If you’re prettier. If you’re thinner. If you’re taller. If you’re smarter. If you have a handsome husband. Perfect kids.
It matters not if you have a larger house. A faster car. Nicer clothes. Whiter teeth. Deeper dimples. A smaller nose. Blonder hair. Bigger breasts. A tinier waist. More bling. More friends. Fewer bills. Less debt. More credit. A better job. A bigger office. More assistants.
Don’t expect me to worry if you have more talent. More opportunities. More recognition. More fans. More followers. More success.
My eyes may be green, but I don’t have a jealous bone in my body.
Jealousy is not in my nature. Frankly I think it’s a waste of time. And effort. And energy.
Jealousy is negative.
Negative energy can make you sick. At least I think it can. I also believe it can block positive energy from finding you. Filling you. Surrounding you. It prevents good things from happening. It holds you prisoner in a dark, dank, ugly, fetid, miserable, lonely place. And who wants to live there?
Friendships and relationships are often destroyed because of envy and jealousy. So are careers. It comes between lovers. And spouses. And families. Neighbours. And colleagues. Friends and associates.
All for what?
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. No good ever comes of it. Never, ever.
We have to learn to be satisfied. Content. Happy. At peace. Ambition is okay. Desire is okay. Setting goals is good. But not to excess. Not when nothing is ever good enough. When enough is never enough. Not when the more you have, the more you want. Not when you covet everything everyone else has. Not when someone else’s success or happiness or possessions become a thorn in your side. And you’re filled with resentment. Bile. Toxins.
Bad karma. You end up with bad karma.
Walk away. Turn the other cheek. Don’t give in. Don’t succumb. Fight it. Beat it back. Slay that green-eyed monster. Get it before it gets you. Destroy it. Defeat it. Kill it dead.
Dead, dead, dead.
Somehow I’m not sure this is what Michelle was looking for when she suggested, in Wednesday’s WordPress Daily Prompt, we write about the last time we were really jealous of someone. Well, what can I say? There are two sides to every story. This is mine.