Envy is coveting what someone else has to a point well beyond admiration. It’s the feeling you get when the basketball coach suddenly begins to pay more attention to someone else when you’ve been the star player all season. Eliminating envy from your life isn’t always easy, but with effort it can be done.
1. Realize that no one has everything:
Sometimes when you are over -whelmed
by feelings of insecurity and low self – esteem it seems as though everyone
else “has it made” and if only you were smarter, or richer, of better looking
you’d be happy too. But the truth is, nobody has it all.
2. Stop making comparisons:
Concentrate on your own goals,
values, and accomplishments, rather than worry about whether other people are
ahead of you. The fact that your friend won an award in a guitar competition
has no connection with your ambition to enter College. Don’t let envy sidetrack
3. Share what you have:
Even if you are convinced that you
have little or nothing, there’s always someone who has less. Then volunteer at
a nursing home for a jolt of reality. Even in your family circle there’s bound
to be someone who would appreciate your time, talents or simple caring. St.
Augustine used to say: “If you love, you are not the one who has nothing”.
4. Be fully involved with life:
Envy does visit everyone sooner or
later, but it especially loves the idle. Too much time on your hands allows you
not only to entertain envy but eventually to become roomates with it! Involve
yourself with family, friends, school, community activities, not just to fill
time, but because you are vitally interested in and excited about the world
5. Examine you values:
What do you really want out of life?
What things are most important for you? Given a choice, most people would want
a life of comfort and ease, and existence where beauty, pleasure, and
excitement were always close at hand. By delving into your personal values, you
learn what’s really significant to you and what isn’t. Also compare your values
with those around you. Envy is less common among people who share similar
beliefs, and work together towards the same goals.
6. If what you want is worth having, work to get it:
Envy is a time waster. It will
neither get you what you want nor make you happy. Suppose you envy a friend who
is successful, learn from that friend how to improve you study habits and how
to balance extracurricular activities with
classwork. In the process your friend may learn something from you too.
7. Make the most of who you are:
You don’t have to be the brightest,
the best – looking, the funniest, the
most anything to be happy and fulfilled.
Since God created you in His image and likeness you cannot be valueless! Invest
your talents wisely. Use them for your benefit and try to make the world brighter for others.
8. Don’t let a day pass without thanking God for your blessings:
Modern life has a way of crowding in
that you forget what has been accomplished.
Reflect seriously on your blessings. Slam the door on the envy monster, lock it
firmly behind you and “go forth in peace”.