This is my response to the Dailypost prompt, Envy. I learnt years ago that envy is not something I want to let bother me. I still have the odd moment ‘oh, I wish I had his money’ and all of that, but it’s soon forgotten in the blink of an eye. I’ve never been materialistic, ok, I like a nice house with a garden and not have to worry about my financial situation, but I’ve never been one to ponder over the likes of ‘the folks that live on the hill’.
When I was young I used to be envious of a lot of other kids, usually the ones that were good at all the sports and always got to go out with the best looking girls in the class. It didn’t last long and as soon as I had shed all those teenage hormones, I realised that life was way too short to be bothering about who had got the best this or the best that. There’s an old saying and I apologise for not knowing the originator of it.
I know a man so poor, all he has is money!
That sums it up for me. There’s a song that Simon and Garfunkel used to sing called ‘Richard Cory’. It’s about a guy who has all the money he needs, his own business and employs a lot of people who are struggling to make ends meet. The song is written from the point of view of one of his employee’s who is suffering from hardship and thinks it must be great to be Richard Cory with everything he has. Then one night, Richard Cory went home and ‘put a bullet through his head’. The lyrics showing that everything isn’t quite what it seems. The employee was envious of all his employer had, yet he didn’t know that he was a very unhappy man, even with all he had.
I always try to count my blessings on a daily basis, I don’t want to spend time being eaten away with thoughts that my neighbour has a better car, a better house or even more money than me. I’m really not bothered. I’m too busy being thankful for everything in my own life. If you can get rid of envy from your life, trust me, your life will be better in many ways.