Many of us have a tendency to judge what we have by comparing it with what others have — most often with those who have more than we do. The habit of comparing yourself to those who have more than you do causes jealousy, which blocks the course of evolution. If you want to get rid of the unhappiness caused by jealousy, start by first comparing yourself to those who have less than you do. This can help bring you into a greater sense of gratitude about your own lot. Indeed, our tendencies toward comparison and resulting jealousy can be healed and replaced by feeling grateful for what we have.
Remember, our entire life is a precious, personally designed, unique gift from God. If you have education, along with freedom of thought and speech, if you have shelter and enough food to eat everyday, then you are far more blessed than many who live right here on our planet, today. Count your blessings, both big and small. A sense of gratitude will then release an ever-fresh stream of unending contentment, peacefulness, and spiritual bliss. Eventually, you will be able to evolve into a view of life that stops comparing altogether.
“Every day, think as you wake up:
Today I am fortunate to have woken up.
I am alive, I have a precious human life.
I am not going to waste it.
I am going to use all my energies to develop myself,
to expand my heart out to others,
to achieve enlightenment for
the benefit of all beings.
I am going to have
kind thoughts toward others.
I am not going to get angry
or think badly about others.
I am going to benefit others
as much as I can.”
–H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama