Rejoice at others’ successes

thequeensprojectWhat is the difference between jealousy and envy? I’ve had to ask myself that question many times. Have you ever been jealous of someone or jealous of something that they had? Have you ever looked at someone else’s situation and wished it was yours? We all have! But is that jealousy or envy?

Often times we can look at our friends or associates and think that they just have it all together. They have the beautiful home, the nice car, the wonderful spouse, and all around perfect life. Everything they ever wanted has just been handed to them on a silver platter. You wonder why couldn’t that be you, or why does it always happen to someone else and not you. Have you ever thought that maybe it’s just not your time yet?

When you think that good things are always happening to someone else and never you, you are placing doubt in your heart. When you concentrate of the things that you don’t have and are jealous and envious of others, you tend to miss the big picture. The big picture is to focus on the many blessings that you have right now.

Just think about it for a moment. You are blessed with so many great things in your life on a daily basis. Just waking up every morning is a blessing and another chance to make wonderful and life changing things happen for and your loved ones. Don’t concentrate on the negative, or what you are lacking. Think about what you are equipped with right at this present moment. Any goal you set for yourself can be a reality. But first you must be happy for those who are doing well.

You must rejoice and have true happiness for other’s accomplishments. After all, you don’t know how hard they may have had to work to get that beautiful home. Maybe they’ve been saving every extra dime they had to get that nice car after driving lemons most of their lives. And you never know, maybe they’ve been alone for a long time and have been praying for many years for that perfect spouse. You never know what journey someone has been on just by looking at them. So don’t be jealous, rejoice and know that you’re next!!

Remember, stay focused…..stay determined….and keep striving for greatness!

Penny Jones-Richardson is a published Author and Life Coach.

September 4, 2013
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