` If as human beings our skins changed color according to our thoughts, feelings or emotions, many of us would be green with envy." NosaJ
We go to sleep with envy, we have affairs with envy, we wake up with envy and sometimes walk through the day holding the hand of envy or with envy in mind. This gives envy power and distracts from creativity, productivity and trying to achieve real goals.
Society is such that it has filled minds with wants rather than needs. Instead of much gratitude for what we do have and for our daily bread, envy exists compliments of what we want, what we do not necessarily need and in some cases what we cannot have, like something that already belongs to someone else or someone else that is already spoken for.
What an advanced society we would be if the media promoted more education and spirituality than entertainment or products for the people. What wonderful minds there would be out there being creative rather than trying to be fashionable or to fit in or live like Mr. & Mrs. lovely, like prince Jack or princess Jill. What an advanced society we would all be in the absence of envy and its negative impact and probably closer to the divine rather than more attached to the material.
Do you ever go to sleep or wake up with envy because of what your friend has? You should not. Do you envy a friend or colleague for the car that they drive or the house that they live in?
You should not, because you do not know the price that they are paying for it. Do you wake up and envy those who do not have to go to work? You should not because you do not know why they are not going to work or, their entitlement not to or misfortune not to. The same applies if you envy those who wake up and have to go to work for their daily bread. Do you know how many miserable workers there are out there or the courage that it takes some to do the daily and weekly grind?
Do you visit a girl friend or family and envy that friend or relative for having children or wish that your children were like theirs? Do you wish that your house was as clean or as big as theirs? You should not, for the irony of envy is that the ones that you envy for what they have may envy you for what you do not have or what they lack. Your time will also come and you can change some things and even people from the way they are to be better. If some things are indeed pre-ordained , then you may not be able to change them but do you want to live with envy for the rest of your life or live a well spent life without envy?
I would rather take the well spent life rather than envy any day. There are those whom I admire but there are none I envy. I like who I am and I know not what price others have to pay for what they have."
To each their own life and as similar as all lives may be, none are exactly the same. That which you envy might be an illusion, a fake or a misrepresentation and even if it is not, why spend so much energy on envy, when you could be utilizing the energy in a more positive direction or towards getting not just to where you want to be but to where envy has no place.
Wake up and ditch envy or say goodbye to envy. It may be okay to wake up and wish you were somewhere else. It may even be okay to wake up and wish that you were someone else but not for the sake of envy. Focus on your authentic self. Focus on what speaks to you and focus on what makes you happy.