Confession: I’m a jealous person. It’s not something we generally go around admitting, is it? But if I think about it, dig deep and stay honest, I would bet everyone gets a case of green envy every now and again.
We’re told that comparison is the thief of joy, and jealousy is.. well.. evil. But I tend to think about it differently, and I might even go so far as to say I like being jealous. Today, for instance, I was reading Tell The Wolves I’m Home when I came across this passage:
“I felt like I had proof that not all days are the same length, not all time has the same weight. Proof that there are worlds and worlds and worlds on top of worlds, if you want them to be there.”
I closed the book and thought about the beauty and poignancy in that transcendent sentence – about how lyricism and thought combined into some kind of literary magic. Sure as luck, I found myself wishing I could write like that – I was jealous.
But you know what the jealousy did? It made me want to put down the book and grab my journal and write write write until I came up with something original and true and inspiring. I might not ever write anything worth publishing, but I’m inspired to try. If jealousy motivates me to dream and work and strive, can it really be that bad?
What are your thoughts on the rock garden I made? I wanted to take pictures of flowers, but since they aren’t blooming yet, I had to get a little creative. My idea? Join the ranks of Love Rocks! Love Rocks is an organization that encourages people to paint rocks and then leave them around their community for strangers to find. Bet you aren’t jealous of my rocks… 🙂