I wanted to be a bestselling author for years, and I worked hard at the craft. During the writing of my first six books, I also worked fulltime and helped raise three children. Considering the limited amount of time I had to dedicate to my dream, I should have been satisfied with the success I accomplished. However, when other writers sold more books than I did, I fought the jealousy battle. In my mind I wanted to be happy for them, and I congratulated them, but the heart wants what the heart wants. I wanted the success and notoriety they had achieved. There is a fine line between envy and jealousy. I hope I walked that line and stayed on the envious side.
I have known religious people who appear to be successful. They seem to have the answers, and apparently they don’t put on their pants the same way I do. It would be easy for me to be envious and even jealous of people who appear to have it all together. I’m learning to recognize the feelings and to let them go. Other people may appear to have all the answers, but that is an impression. No one even has all the questions, much less all the answers. Our path is our path, and, appearances aside, our only focus should be on our path. Feel the emotions that come when other people’s success makes you jealous or envious, but then release them. Being grateful also helps overcome jealousy.
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