I was fascinated by an article in this month's Marie Claire (page 86) that discusses the love hate relationship we have with other people's success. Summed up by this quote, 'We're fascinated by people who pull out in front, but we hate them as well' - John Portmann.
So why is it that while we applaud people who blaze their own trail to success while waiting for them to make a mistake? When they do, we criticize them more harshly than those who made a slow climb to success. Is it jealousy of their courage? Is it discontent with our own circumstances? Is this a misery loves company effect?
Here is what I have learned in my own life. That when you are happy in your own circumstances it comes far more naturally to be happy for others. Not that I have ever wished bad on anyone but it is easier not to begrudge people their successes when you are pleased with your own.
This entry doesn't really have a moral, just an interesting article if you want to pick it up. Got me thinking.