Jealousy is not something I like to admit…
A couple of years ago, I had to write a difficult email. I wrote to apologize for saying unkind things about someone I was jealous of. I found out this person was dating someone that I liked. I lashed out behind her back.
And I hate to admit this but jealousy often grips my heart. It can be as simple as two friends of mine going out for lunch together without me. I play it cool but inside I am fuming. Or it can something larger.
I spoke to a mentor of mine about jealousy. His advice was simple: if you are jealous and sad that someone is not with you, pray for them. Ask that this person is taken care of.
And it may seem silly or superficial but for me it helps. I ask that he or she is taken care of and it helps to move me from a place of self-pity and anger to more openness. The jealousy doesn’t magically evaporate, but something shifts.
I am not perfect. And I have said my share of hurtful things. But I am in the struggle to become more kind.
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