So here is the thing I have been thinking about so much lately, the relationship between joy and jealousy. It seems that when I am feeling jealous of someone, it is because I have lost the joy and the ability to celebrate my own life for what it is. I become jealous because I am comparing myself to them and not being happy that we are not both exactly what we are supposed to be at this point in our journeys. I have been talking a lot about this with my friend Eileen and how there is this fine line between joy and jealousy.
When I feel jealousy it is because I am not practicing joy for myself and others. I feel jealousy when I am not practicing joy in my life. When I am practicing jealousy I am not practicing the gifts you have given me and when I am practicing joy I am. So each day, I strive to celebrate and affirm intelligence, creativity, accomplishments, and ideas of others as well as those of my own
I am grateful for the reminder that nothing can make me jealous, that feeling comes from within when I am not practicing joy. So when I find myself feeling jealous I strive to give thanks for that person or situation because I know you are reminding me that I am not practicing joy.
This reminder to practice joy is important for me to remember. Because I am mindful that the moment I stop practicing it, jealousy can pop back up. When it does, I know greet it joyfully because it is a gift from you to help me grow and evolve spiritually.
So thank you for filling my life with reminders such as people smiling to practice joy.