Why is it so important to be jealous?

Glen, what are your thoughts with regard to the issue of jealousy – from others towards oneself, and from oneself toward others? (A question sent to me from a reader of my book.)

Humbly and respectfully I believe that, in learning to deal with jealousy in a deeply healthful mien, it is so much about embracing a truly healthful spirit of benevolence and gratitude…and learning to better and better avoid any semblance of an unhealthful competitive demeanor. ‘True health’ isn’t about being tough…it is about being strong…in a spirit of true compassion and true empathy. It IS about being a selfless healthful role model and even mentor (in a fashion which is lovingly respective of the greater good – that isn’t inclusive of seeking recognition or having hidden agendas). It is about treating people with dignity, decency, goodness, and grace…and figuring out how to mean it – NO MATTER WHAT.  When we learn to better and better take ‘true responsibility’ for our own health and well-being, life becomes less and less competitive.

It is about genuine forgiveness, devoid, or nearly devoid of co-dependence. This isn’t easy stuff – the wars and famines of our spirits are reflected back and forth between each of us and the greater world. This doesn’t have to continue. We can embrace our discomfort and empathetically put a stop to jealousy. It is our true responsibility of making the world a better place. It is the wonderful spirit of true honesty, promoting of true happiness and true freedom…but most importantly, needing less and less to hide behind. It can be a wonderful thing – it can be a ‘glimpse of Heaven.’ — Dr. Glen Hepker

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