As much as we hate to admit it, we’ve all been jealous a time or two when friends, relatives, or complete strangers acquire or achieve something we most desire. Envy can turn into disappointment or rage, especially if we’ve worked long and hard (with little or no results) while the other party triumphs quickly with little effort. It can be difficult to smile and congratulate someone else knowing deep down we wish it was us.
But it can be us!
At the age of eighteen, I worked my first grown-up job. Among a group of ten or twelve office workers, one older lady stood out to me. She didn’t say much. But when she did, it was brief and profound.
One of my co-workers didn’t receive the promotion she’d hoped. Disappointment is an understatement for her reaction to the news. But, the older lady told her,
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