Freedom from Envy

There was one time I was feeling envious of a peer. I knew it was a problem, for I felt that most other things in my life were in order — save for this rather uncontrollable emotion. I decided to turn to the internet for help. I searched the phrase “overcoming envy”, hoping for a website that would help me do just that: overcome envy.

The websites that I found provided quite a bit of help, but none that I could really relate to. At least, there were none that made me go, “I never thought about it that way.”

That is, until I saw this website that had this comment (not taken verbatim): would you be willing to trade your life with the life of the object of your envy? And that was when I realised something: much as I do envy much of his life, I have plenty — beyond plenty even — to be really thankful for.

It is amazing how I could be envious of his life when, in fact, he had so many more reasons to be envious of mine. And if he wasn’t, then I am not worthy to be free from my burden of envy, for there is something that I should be envious about: his freedom from envy.

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My name is Donn, and you’ll find me working at the intersection of business and information technology, constantly looking for ways to apply IT to business and life to make things better. I’m a big fan of data analysis and its subsequent communication. It always gives me a thrill extracting meaning out of data through analysis, and figuring out the best way to present the findings for maximum impact!

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