Day 292. The Monster

“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 jealousyjealous 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.

Truly.

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.

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Day 168. Too Obsessed

Over the weekend I saw an interesting status update on Facebook.  Essentially it said, instead of trying to fix our flaws  we should embrace them, understand them OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand respect their liabilities.  Sally Hogshead, who posted it, is an author, speaker and founder of a company where leaders can learn how to use their personality strengths to add value.

She makes a very important point.

We are a society striving for perfection.  We want perfect noses.  Perfect bodies.  Perfect hair.  Perfect nails. Perfect mates.  Perfect marriages.  Perfect children.  Perfect homes.  Perfect gardens.  Perfect lives.

And our obsession with perfection doesn’t end there. We want to be perfect at everything we do.  Whether it’s how we do in school, how we do our jobs, how well we cook, how good we are at sports, how good we are at gardening, or playing the piano, or singing, or dancing, or doing our laundry.

Our flaws are a constant source of frustration and angst.  And we’ll stop at nothing to get rid of them.  Plastic Continue reading