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My Happiness Challenge Day 37

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Happy people...

37. Are not jealous of what others have, and they feel joy for the success and prosperity of those they hold dear.

I have been living in fear of this one since the beginning of this project! True confessions time: I am the most selfish, self-centered person I know! The worst part is that I am super jealous of my daughter and I have been forever! Not like evil queen in Snow White jealous, but I can sympathize! It's insane!

She's beautiful, smart, thin, athletic, kind, patient, caring, motivated, funny, organized, and a strong Christian. She looks adorable in any clothes she puts on. She has a great car. She is finishing her degree at University of Oklahoma in 3 1/2 years with honors. She is marrying a great guy who proposed in the most thoughtful way ever! And she is going to have a beautiful wedding of her dreams!

Ok, so she got lucky with her parents. Everything she has is to some extent because of us. Our genes combined in a magical way to make her beautiful. We raised her to make good choices and think of others. And we gave her the car, the college education, and the wedding because she has been the greatest gift to our lives imaginable. She truly deserves what she has! I am amazed by her.

I know that reality is just around the corner for her. I don't envy the next phase of her life. Actually I'm pretty terrified for her. I hope she continues to live a charmed life that I can continue to be jealous of! Does that make it ok?

I can honestly say that I have never denied her anything out of petty jealousy and have been blessed by the experience of giving her the experiences she has had, many of which I got to participate in.

I am taking great joy in planning her wedding with her. She will be living with us for the next year so I hope I won't let my jealousy show. I need to remember my future grand babies! It's going to be a challenge to treat her like an adult I think. It may be a challenge for her to treat us like roommates instead of the people who have given her everything she has.

I love new challenges!

I am happy!
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    This is always a challenge. We are all naturally selfish. That's how humans survived. It's built in. Being aware and making a different choice helps us go past survival into joyful living. Good for you!
    1366 days ago
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