Jealousy and Envy, we all have heard these words. If you look up the definition of jealousy, it is an unhappy or angry feeling of wanting to have what someone else has. This could pertain to anything anyone has. Envy however, is the painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with the desire to possess the same advantage.
I think that most people feel both of these emotions as sometime in their life or at least knows someone that has these feelings. I guess you could break these down as envy is wanting what someone has and jealousy is when you think someone is going to take what is yours.
Neither of these feelings or emotions are good. Most of the time it drives us crazy insane. As kids we probably experienced jealousy more than envy and we usually took the toy or game or whatever, until we were made to give it back by our parents.
As siblings I guess we could experience the same when we are older. One has a better job, makes more money, or one has a bigger house or a better husband or more children or something. This is not really healthy in my opinion.
My mother once told me that my older sister was jealous of what I had. I really find that funny! At the time, I was a single parent, working 10 to 12 hours a day. Granted, I had my own house, a new vehicle, but it was just me and my daughter.
She was a stay at home mother, with a house, new car and a husband! Those were things I wanted at some point in my life, but I don’t think I was ever jealous. Envious yes! Anyway, because of something I remembered this week, I thought this would be a good post. It does make you think.