“Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.” ~Unknown …
I do not think I would refer to it as an art, but rather as a sickness or curse. When we begin to look at other’s blessings with jealousy or envy–their lot in life, wealth, possessions, good fortune–we curse ourselves to living a life of negativity filled with discontentment, unhappiness, lack of satisfaction, and so much more.
The way we look at others is usually a reflection of how we feel about ourselves–how our lives are going and our feelings inside. Having jealous or envious feelings towards others, or believing negative things about them to justify one’s own perceived failures or lack of success, is unhealthy for our mind, body, and spirit.
When counting your blessings… remember to keep the focus on you. There are so many things to be thankful for that are simply overlooked or forgotten when we concentrate on the blessings of others, and doing so only serves to diminish the blessings right there in front of us.
Find happiness in your own blessings today.
Questions to consider:
Why do many of us spend so much time counting others blessings or comparing ourselves to others?
What purpose do such actions serve?
What are some ways we can focus more on our own blessings and less on those of others that seem better than our own?
For further thought:
“Happiness is an inside job. Don’t assign anyone else that much power over your life.” ~Mandy Hale