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  • From a young age, we're taught it's a terrible thing.

  • So when we feel itas we all dowe're inclined not to examine it.

  • We just feel ashamed and guilty.

  • But that's a pity because envy, like fear, is an important emotion that exists in all of us for some good reasons.

  • It's there to help us know what we want.

  • It's a call-to-action that should be heeded containing garbled but important messages about what we should be doing with the rest of our lives.

  • If we can get past the humiliation of envious feelings, we can start to see them as a set of clues about what we might do next.

  • We should study and maybe even record on paper the situations and people that make us envious.

  • We might learn to keep an envy diary.

  • It will contain fragments of a future self trying to break through.

  • We often forget that the things we admire don't just belong to one specific very attractive life.

  • They can be pursued in lesser, weaker but still very real doses in countless other places,

  • opening up the possibility of creating many smaller, more manageable and more realistic versions of the lives we are drawn to.

  • Let's no longer just think we're bad people just for envying.

  • Let's do something far more productive.

  • Become diligent and careful students of our most persistent envious feelings.

  • They're trying to tell us something. And we should listen.

From a young age, we're taught it's a terrible thing.

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The Uses of Envy

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    Stanie Yu posted on 2016/04/10
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