Green Isn’t Always Good, sometimes it’s about pity parties and envy


“You can’t be envious and happy at the same time.” Frank Tyger

For years I’ve practiced celebrating with family, friends and even strangers over their good fortune. Being delighted for others has proven one of life’s gifts.

I’ve done it for so long, it’s second nature. Or so I thought, until my tedious day turned out to be the same 24 hours that …

I received a friend’s enthusiastic call about an inheritance.

I received a friend’s excited Facebook message about a book contract.

I heard about a friend’s enviable publicity break.

All well-deserved opportunities, but I have to tell you, I wasn’t feeling the love.

I nearly fooled myself about my excitement until I noticed I was topping the sentiments with chocolate. I grappled over acceptance and gratitude. When all else failed, I let go with plenty of whining, frustration, and the worst, envy.

Looking to end a good-sized pity party, I thought to invite my readers.

Ever have a bout of envy? What healthy suggestions do you have for getting over it?

WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – Soulful confession clears a path back to the truth. And it is true, good stuff in our lives happens when we are happy for good stuff in other’s lives. In fact, that is good stuff enuff.

On the side: Thanks for a listening ear.


7 responses »

  1. Social networking and ease of communication through cell phones spews information at us from all sides. Not always positive often on edge ridiculous, feeding those of us willing to swallow it with visions that elevate our own perchieved personal lack. Don’t eat the community chocolate. It usually comes with unknown costs, or stems from thier own insecurities or need for validation. Go be green, but then look at what really matters. I get derailed all the time. Thx for sharing. Sorry for this cluster of nonsense and verbiage for a response! From my phone even!

  2. Your mobile website works well, it’s strips everything else away and leaves us with just the meat! Life should be this simple to get clarity.

    Processing….Removing the advertising and news, bam! Clarity!

  3. This is my second try – messed it up the first time. Delighted to be receiving your blog posts.

    David and I leave for Turkey in the am and we will be thinking of you and John and Kelly’s wedding on October 22!! Have a wonderful time – know it will be divine. We miss you.

    Sending hugs and love, Cindy and David

    • It’s wonderful to have you as a reader. Enjoy your trip and send photos when you return. We’d love to hear all about it. One more week till the wedding and we’ve got everything except 200 sunflowers that are being delivered Wednesday. Lots of happy flowers and happy folks in the mountains this coming week. Love and safe travels to you and David.

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