It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. ~Aeschylus
Forty-eight years and I’m finally getting over it…the green eyed monster that has kept from appreciating so many wonderful people.
I’ve always had amazing friends – talented, intelligent, kind, beautiful friends. But while I love them, sometimes I would feel such ugliness. I have been such a jealous, envious person. Here’s a confession: I even screwed two friends over because of my nasty feelings. That’s hard to admit but it’s true.
In high school I used to call the popular girls “plastic people.” I made fun of the whole concept of cheerleading and beauty contests. I knew I could never be one of them. As a matter of fact, someone told me back in those days that it was a good thing I was smart because I’d never get anywhere on my looks. So I tried to be as anti-pretty as possible, attempting to convince myself I was morally superior rejecting superficiality. Deep inside I still felt so inferior.
But things are changing in my life . . . things are changing in my soul.
The other day in yoga we were asked to sit and stare into the eyes of our yoga partner. I was sooo uncomfortable. My hands were sweating and I had the constant urge to laugh and say something funny. Proving the universe has a point to make, my partner was a beauty queen and former cheerleader. But as I looked into her eyes, I saw that deep inside she wasn’t that much different from me…I knew she felt uncomfortable too. She laughs and cries and worries about being laughed at…and all those feelings I have.
She looked into me and saw my pain – the scary stuff I try hard to hide. I was living my nightmare…being vulnerable and transparent in front of one of those people who always intimidated me. Why does that frighten me so much? Am I so afraid of my reflection? Has this always been about my own insecurity? In a word “YES!” But during the yoga exercise, I was insecure but not envious or jealous. I felt only warmth toward my partner.
Embrace the glorious mess that you are! – Elizabeth Gilbert
Now I could write more about the solution, but I think it’s so very evident. I won’t go through a lot of narration because there are so many layers. To the point:
I’m learning to be accepting of and compassionate toward others because
FINALLY I’m starting to accept and love myself.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete” ~ Buddha
As with all my life lessons….to be continued…
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This says far more to me than you have written in your sacred space here. I am proud of you for facing this monster. You are not alone in the struggle. It is a misuse of energy that I still battle: Comparison, the Thief of Joy. “Jealousy is the shadow of desire. Desire always compares and, because of comparison, there is suffering. People waste their lives in desiring, in being jealous, in comparing, and the precious time is simply lost.” ~ Osho
We are not so unlike, you and I. Perhaps therein doth lie the challenge, and maybe we will be able to fully acknowledge it one day.