Thursday, April 21, 2011

Celebrate Each Other's Successes

 This really spoke to me today as I have noticed and also have experienced that some people (and you know who you are) cannot be happy for other people in their successes and accomplishments.  It is so sad because I do believe we should be happy for one another and there is enough success in this world for everyone to share. 
The scrapbooking world is no exception and this week I have been incredibly hurt by someone I know in the scrapbooking world.  On my Brave Girls Facebook page today this is what I read: 

 Dear Soulful Girl,

From the time that we are very young, we are confronted with the challenge of knowing how to deal with very good things happening to OTHER people, but not necessarily to us, at least not those exact things, and rarely at that exact time.

Jealousy is a vicious beast that can steal our own joy away, and we are best to put a stop to it just as soon as we become aware of those kinds of feelings welling up in our hearts.

You see, what we often do is compare our 'worst' parts to everyone else's 'best' parts in life, creating a situation that has no good ending. Comparing hardly ever has a good ending, as a matter of fact.

A great tip for a happy life is to always be happy at others' good fortune, young-looking genetics, or big breaks in life. Avoid comparing your situations, houses, husbands, diamonds, jeans size with anyone else's. Jealousy goes away when we practice gratitude for the blessings in our own life, and when we celebrate the blessings in other's lives. There are not many acts of love greater than being genuinely happy for another's good fortune when our own luck is down.

Be happy. Just decide. You are just right, and you are exactly where you are supposed to be.


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