I sometimes struggle with envy. Let me try that again. I struggle with envy every day.
- Envy happens when I look at Instagram and see someone else’s life filtered by Earlybird or Walden.
- I envy when I see someone’s car that doesn’t have carseats in it.
- I envy when I see how many more followers someone has on Twitter.
- I envy when I hear about someone who published their book.
- I envy when I’m talking to friends I love or strangers I was moments before completely indifferent to.
What complicates envy
Add to the struggle the difficulty of distinguishing between envy, admiration and a healthy dissatisfaction. A wiser and happier friend of mine recently told me that being unsatisfied isn’t a feeling we should suppress. It’s healthy to want more for our children (and I’m not just talking about material things). It’s healthy to want the kind of business you dream of. It’s healthy to want a deeper relationship with the God who created you. It’s what we use to measure our dissatisfaction that matters. (tweet that)