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The Cure for Jealousy

Banes at 12:00AM, Jan. 12, 2023

Hey, you!

I've rarely been jealous of anyone. Certainly moreso when I was younger. Other people would sometimes (well, often) seem to have more going on in some area of life. There were plenty of folks who I'd look at and imagine having their intelligence. Or their confidence. Or looks. Or money. Or friends, or skills, or whatever.

Luckily, jealous/envy has never been a serious problem. Not that my life is perfect. Sometimes it ain't that great. But even on the multiple days when I didn't feel good about myself, which were plenty of times, it didn't translate for me as wanting what someone else has.

But now in my advancing years there was an insight I heard in an interview with, I believe, Malcolm Gladwell. He had a game, or exercise he and his friends would do, or a philosophy they would go by.

It's like this - you could be anyone else on the planet. The richest, most attractive, most capable, intelligent, most-whatever person on the planet.

But here's the catch - you can't just have the quality/qualities that you're envious of. You have to take the whole package. You have to have their complete life and situation. Their job, their challenges, their family, their friends, their obstacles and insecurities.

Speaking for myself, I'm pretty confident that there's nobody on the planet I would trade places with! I want to be me.

This is something created with time and some experience. I truly hope that there is nobody you'd rather be than YOU!

This was not comic related - just something I had the impulse to talk about.

take care and see you next time!


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jerrie at 12:13AM, Jan. 14, 2023

great post Banes

Ironscarf at 7:33PM, Jan. 12, 2023

Great post! I used to wish I could've inherited my Dad's film star looks, but then I realised if that was the case, I would probably never have learned to draw or play an instrument. I'm happy with funny looking, guitar plucking, pencil pushing me after all.

hushicho at 3:08PM, Jan. 12, 2023

I liked that! Thank you for sharing it.

dpat57 at 2:18PM, Jan. 12, 2023

I wish *I'd* never been jealous of anyone. You people have it so easy!

PaulEberhardt at 9:41AM, Jan. 12, 2023

Great post, and deep, too. I like being me, though. Of everyone I could be that's who I'm best at - better than anyone else in fact, if you don't mind me saying so myself.

bravo1102 at 8:51AM, Jan. 12, 2023

I am who I am and that's all that I am.

Andreas_Helixfinger at 6:09AM, Jan. 12, 2023

This is a very uplifting post:) Well done, Banes👏👏👏

Ozoneocean at 5:42AM, Jan. 12, 2023

Great post man!

marcorossi at 3:44AM, Jan. 12, 2023

But then I wouldn't be myself anymore! Can't I just get the money and perhaps the looks (but without the effort to look good)? :(

HawkandFloAdventures at 1:52AM, Jan. 12, 2023

Great post Banes ^^

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