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the jealousy game

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Y’all, I’m in a reflective kind of mood today…be forewarned:)

Have you found yourself playing the jealousy game lately? Gray may be the new brown, but green, specifically in shades of I-want-what-she-has seems to be making quite a splash as well. And, from conversations I’ve been having with friends and seen around blogland, it seems to suck us all in, no matter how much our head tries to convince us differently.

It plays out differently for everybody, but I imagine at least one of the below may sound familiar to you:

Why can’t my shop have as many sales as her’s does?

How does she get so many comments on her blog posts?

I wish I could write/photograph/fill-in-the-blank as well that blogger.

I wish I had her hair/skin/clothes/etc.

Cuz they definitely sound familiar to me.

The truth is, someone else is always going to be doing something more, something bigger, something better than us. That’s just part and parcel with living in this creative, inspired world of ours. The feeling is natural; the trick is to recognize the feeling and know what to do with it. For some, it means going offline and outside for a while, for others, it means getting inspired and creating something new.

For me, though, it’s also call to be aware of all the blessings that I do have. I don’t know about you, but when I’m focusing on thankfulness, there’s not much room to focus on jealousy. When I’m focusing on what I do have, and being grateful for it all, it’s nearly impossible to focus on what I lack.

What are your tricks for overcoming jealousy in your life?

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