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Beware The Green Eyed Monster

Envy has no place here.

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Never before have we had such immediate access into each other’s lives.  While the connections we strengthen through social media are meaningful, there is something to watch out for: envy.  

It is said that “Jealousy comes from counting others’ blessings instead of our own.”

Many of us feel genuine gratitude as we get to catch up with our friends and family’s pictures, growth and accomplishments on social media, and elsewhere.  But, too often we allow thoughts of comparison and hints of envy to creep in as well.

Constant comparison is envy’s gateway.  Have you found yourself looking at someone’s anniversary pictures and wishing your relationship was as solid?  Have you and your wife struggled with infertility only to be saddened by constant pictures of beautiful, thriving babies?  

Shakespeare wrote, “Oh beware...of jealousy!  It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock.”  Feelings of jealousy and envy must be healed; they are not worthy of our peace of mind and spirit.  

Psychologists suggest that identifying the triggers that made you jealous in the first place will aid in its banishment.  The next time feelings of envy or jealousy cause you distress, allow yourself to release the comparisons--release the feelings of not being or having enough.  

No more over-analyzing--be done with thinking that you are not enough. You are more than enough!  You are encircled with blessings and beauty in your own life.

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