Wednesday, May 25, 2011

“The Grass Isn't Always Greener On the Other Side” By Shana Jay

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. ~ Harold Coffin

ENVY:  A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.

Envy is a very dangerous emotion that can stir up a whirlwind of trouble if one allows it to. I had someone say that they were envious of me and my accomplishments. This statement rubbed me the wrong way because I don’t want anybody to envy me. What people fail to realize is that all is not what it appears to be especially to the naked eye. In order to understand the saying “The grass is not always greener on the other side” would take level of maturity and life experiences to grasp this concept alone. It’s okay to be happy for a person in their success but never become envious because you don’t know what it took for that person to maintain the lifestyle that you see.  You must know that somewhere in that greener grass there are weeds that come along.  Meaning if you see a person living in a lavishly decorated house/mansion with luxury cars there has to be a huge mortgage and car note to follow. I learned that people seem to live beyond their means attempting to keep up with the Joneses. My question is who are the Joneses and why would you try to compete with these people anyway?

In conclusion, you should learn to be happy and content with what you have and consider yourself blessed. If you are single and all your friends are getting married around you then become a bridesmaid celebrate with them. God will not set you up for failure He has a set plan for all of us. Did you know that if He gave you everything you asked for and you were not ready for it then you would just mess it up? Remember everything is not what it seems some people are hiding behind a mask lost in a masquerade.


Shana Jay

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