Envy first brings depression: “My life isn’t as good as yours.” Then comes offense: “Why should you have what I don’t have?” – which degrades into hatred.
Envy lies to you by making you feel like if someone else has what you want, that they’ve somehow taken it away from you. It’s not true.
The moment you resent another person’s happiness is the moment you diminish your own.
January 13, 2020
If someone is leaving you behind, and you are becoming jealous and embittered, keep praying that he may have success in the very matter where he is awakening your envy; and whether he is helped or not, one thing is sure, that your own soul will be cleansed and ennobled.
Covetousness, or the desire to have more than one has (not necessarily through envy of somebody else) not only leads to strife but also expresses a fundamentally wrong philosophy of life, according to which possessions are all that really matter.
Resentment and gratitude cannot coexist, since resentment blocks the perception and experience of life as a gift. My resentment tells me that I don’t receive what I deserve. It always manifests itself in envy.