Sharing envy

I challenge you to tell the people in your life why you envy them.

YWP Photo Library, photo by Anna Doucet, 14, of Bristol, VT

“Wow, she looks really good today. I wish I looked like that,” says the girl reading her book, looking at the leader of a clique skipping by her.

“She is really pretty. I wonder if I ever look that good,” says the head of the clique as she walks past the girl reading her book.

“I wish I looked like her,” they say in unison.

If only they told each other how envious they were and how fabulous the other looked.

“My writing will never be as good as hers,” thinks the friend of an author as she pages through her friend’s book.

“I love her writing. Is mine that good?” worries the author as she looks through a journal of her friend’s she found.

“I wish I were a better writer,” they say in unison.

If only they told each other how envious they were and how much they loved the other’s writing.
 
I challenge you to tell the people in your life why you envy them. What are they amazing at? Then ask them to answer, “What am I amazing at?”
 
Society expects us to not ask the hard questions — to keep envy to ourselves. But sharing that envy in a positive way is better than keeping it inside.

You are amazing. Others think so too. They just haven’t said so yet.