Two people I know posted this week that they either got a book deal or are in the process. I am happy for them; I really am, but I am also, oh so jealous. So what can I do? Here are my three top options.
1. Let those jealous feelings show by acting like a big, mean baby. Feigning like I didn’t hear their news or even worse saying negative things like, “I hope you made the right decision”, or “I wonder if you will even sell any books?” is one response.
2. Pretending that it doesn’t bother me at all saying to them, “Oh my gosh. I am so happy for you. It couldn’t happen to a better person” is another thought, but then when I eat a carton of ice cream in one sitting, I might wonder why.
3. My last thought is that I could be stay positive and be truly happy for them, but also believe and hope that if I keep trying that I, too, will get a book deal someday.
I read the quote, “Jealousy is the only vice that gives no pleasure.” It is easy to be envious of other people’s lives when I can’t see beyond these feeling. I am a big believer of owning my feelings and understanding what they want to teach me about myself and about my choices. Focusing on my life and what I am doing and creating and then learning to love my own life and path is the option I decided to take today.
All through my day, no matter where I go, or what I do, I am always looking for the good. I try to find the good in people, in the world, in my life or even just in my day.
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