Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Envy Knocks Us Off Our Spiritual and Physical Path

There was a reason the Greeks, in one of their maxims, said to not concern yourself with the possessions of other people. It's because envy is destructive, and if it does not destroy you, it will hinder your progress. I hear people saying things like, "This person has this, and I don't." Or, "Some people can do this, and I can't." They just don't understand why the Gods have given certain possessions and blessings to some and not to others, or different ones to each person. The saddest part is that these people are focusing on what they don't have, or what they can't do, so much that they are not taking time to live the path their own life is meant to, or should, follow. We're so busy envying others that we don't see our own greatness, our own potential, and our own purposes in life. All the time we are wasting envying other people, we could be fulfilling our full potential. Life is different for each person. If we were all the same, it would be extremely, pitilessly boring. Each of us must find our life's purpose and fulfill that.

However, more than that, envy can turn into bitterness and resentment, which can turn into the most self-destructive thing of all, hate. The focus of our life should be to grab the gifts we've been given and strive for the goals set before us, instead of trying to gain something we're not meant to achieve or are unlikely to achieve. I am a firm believer that all of our lives have meaning, and we're not going to find that if we're looking outside that realm.

In the Goodness of the Gods,
Courage and Honor,

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