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Wednesday, February 25, 1998

Envy

Whatever you value and appreciate, will grow. True abundance begins with gratitude, because gratitude focuses energy on the positive side of life.

Envy works in direct opposition to gratitude. It fosters an attitude of lack and limitation. It promotes anger and resentment. Envy focuses your energy on your lack of abundance. As a result, you see the problems and not the opportunities. You look for reasons why things will not work, instead of looking for ways to make them work. You look for excuses, instead of looking for solutions.

Envy is rooted in a zero-sum mentality which assumes that one person’s good fortune comes at the expense of others. That may have been a valid assumption five hundred years ago. It is most certainly not the case now.

Why would you ever want to be envious, when all it does is bring you down? Rejoice in the good fortune of others. Use it is a source of inspiration, and as a reason for expressing gratitude. By so doing, you increase the abundance in your own life.

— Ralph Marston

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