That’s the dilemma I’m trying to solve this Easter season!
I love this song and the lyrics and particularly the video.
Although the lyrics are written in third person, how could this glorious rock classic have been born without some substantial envy? She’s venting about feeling ignored at first, but the overcoming that. Then also talking about the envy others feel toward her– and despite her own fame, she feels jaded.
“You better watch out
What you wish for
It better be worth it
So much to die for”
But the ending stanza is the best–
“You want a part of me?
Well I’m not selling cheap.
No, I’m not selling cheap.”
She refuses to let fame and her fans define her. She’s holding something back for herself– strength, pieces of mystery that are important to her. She knows her worth.
For myself, I’m just doing a few things to help.
When I catch that feeling niggling at me, I shut it down.
Envy is negative and petty, it’s childish. It fuels gossip.
Though not any type of mindfulness devotee, I am choosing my thoughts.
Instead, I try to counter that thought with something positive about the person provoking my envy. Turn it around– what do I admire about this person, how do they inspire me?
What could they teach me, if I’m open to learn?
Then I affirm myself, so I don’t get trapped in a competitive cycle.
Often envy happens when we perceive ourselves as less-than said person– less accomplished, less intelligent, less attractive, less settled in life, what have you.
For me, anyway.
Now I dismiss the thought and then focus on something constructive. An activity!
If that’s not working, I’ll journal about it. That’s what I’ve got so far! Happy Friday.
How do *you combat those poisonous feelings of envy? Tell me in the comments!