Sunday, 1 June 2014
How easy do you find it to take joy in the achievements of others? When someone else wins that prize that you'd like? When you read of someone else having a new line of stencils/paints/stamps produced? When someone else is asked to teach at that workshop?
Be honest. Is there a little prickle of envy?
It's normal! But don't let it be your ongoing feeling.
Someone else's achievement takes nothing away from you. Think about it. One person getting a book deal doesn't stop the chance of you ever getting one. They haven't 'stolen' your success. How can they steal something that wasn't yours in the first place?
So don't let envy be your last reaction as well as your first. Be glad for that person. Be glad that their talents have been recognised. We have all learned from those who have gone before us and produced books and materials for us to use. We all gain when we are generous and share our gifts.
And if, when your time comes, you want to be surrounded by people who are glad for you, not eaten up with envy, then you need to be that person to others.