Deadly Sins Part II: Envy
In our continuing series on the 7 deadly sins, we present Envy. Read our piece on Sloth here.
ENVY “occurs when a person lacks another’s (perceived) superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it.”
It’s that feeling where you desire your friend’s new car, sweet pad or bachelor lifestyle. It might seem harmless, but you should never forget that it’s what turned Smeagol into Gollum and while all he had to worry about was a ring, envy can tear you and your relationship apart.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- You spend the better part of your salary on making your car look sweeter because one of your rich friends has a better ride.
- You spend an excruciating amount of time complaining that life would be better “if only…”
- Your relationship and your life seems inferior or boring based entirely on what you see in your hours spent seething over your friends’ exciting Facebook photos.
Well, we’re happy to say you’ve already taken the first step toward a cure by signing up for MakeYourGirlfriendHappy.com! First, stop and appreciate what you do have: health and freedom – something a large part of the world population sadly lacks.
If that’s not enough, remember this: Women love confident men who are comfortable with what they have and what they don’t. The same way she often looks better au-natural and effortless, being okay with who you are is better than trying too hard to be something you’re not. If you’re constantly preening or forever envious of your neighbours and whining over your have-nots, she might start believing that the grass really is greener elsewhere.
See, imagine yourself lying on your death bed fifty years from now: what will you wish for? Barring fatal accidents occurring as the result of shoddy automotive construction, last words are rarely, “I wish I had bought a nicer car”, but rather, “I wish I had loved more, been kinder, and spent more time with my family”. You rarely hear “Executive quits fast track to spend more time with his possessions”, so think carefully about where you spend your time, energy and money.