Naturally, this “I’m-Not-Good-At-Anything” day morphed into a “She’s-Good-At-Everything” day. Yes, the green-eyed monster reared its ugly head.
[Please note: in the scenarios below, “She” and “Her” are hypothetical examples to demonstrate my irrationality, but if you see yourself in She or Her, congratulations and I hope we’re still friends.]
- I need a haircut.
Monster: She always looks put-together, she must make more money.
- My clothes, blech!
Monster: See above.
- Why can’t I get this story written?
Monster: If I had as much time as Her, I’d be a better writer.
- My kids don’t like me.
Monster: I’m sure She never yells at her kids.
- My house is a mess.
Monster: She has a housekeeper.
I knew I needed to pull myself out of that pathetic, poor-me state ASAP, so I picked up my copy of “God, I Have Issues: 50 Ways To Pray No Matter How You Feel” and turned to page 101: jealousy.
“My salvation came not in solving the problem and becoming completely free of jealousy, but rather in my acknowledgment of this problem in prayer. After doing so, it became a sort of joke for God and me.” —Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J.
Alright, I teased God: “You made me this way; I guess this is how You must want me… more or less.” We had a good laugh, and I moved on… more or less.