I wonder how much of what we criticize really comes from envy....
Envy (from the Apple dictionary): a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.
And I wonder how things would change (for us and others) if, instead of envy, we expressed admiration.
Admiration: respect and warm approval.
I know the answer to this - things would change for the better in a big way - but find it helpful to remind myself of it from time to time...Yep, I caught myself feeling a bit envious just now - over something silly nonetheless - and needed to talk myself back into a better place, beginning with expressing genuine admiration. The truth is that this person has worked very hard and deserves recognition for his dedication and sacrifice.
Oh, and there's that little thing called the power of positive thinking, too (and the reverse).
Do you ever find yourself envious? What a strange emotion....