What a season this has been!
In the midst of my own struggles, several family members have attempted to slander my name… I didn’t think it could happen in my family, thought we would be immune to the human condition of jealousy and envy. But alas, we are not.
For a few days it left me confused, hurt, and distraught – as my mind attempted to rationalize why would someone related to me desire to hurt me? What could they gain from my demise?
And then I ran across this quote from German composer Johannes Brahms:
“Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.”
It made perfect sense… because I always strive to seek the positive, surround myself with positive, and exude positivity – so those who have not found that balance within themselves will attempt to degrade and malign me, in hopes that I would lose my focus on what is right, and good, and beautiful about life.
I am happy to report – that plan was foiled! I will admit that I shed a tear. I cried for the pain and malice that was inflicted. But then I dried my eyes I reminded myself that the only one who gets to decide how I feel – IS ME!
I choose to surround myself with positive people
I choose to pursue the things that make my heart sing
I choose to have family and friends that support and encourage me.
Everyone and everything else [that is negative] can “kick rocks!”
In your life, if you ever run into jealousy – here are a few quotes to encourage you:
“Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius”. Fulton Sheen, Catholic Bishop
“Don’t waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind.” Mary Schmich, American journalist
“As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.” Antisthenes, Greek philosopher
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