“There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others’ eyes my sun, the music in others’ ears my symphony, the smile on others’ lips my happiness.”- Helen Keller
We can be happy in two ways. First, we can be happy with our own lives. We can be happy for the things that we possess, for the things that are going well in our jobs and careers, for the relationships that we are blessed with, for our own spiritual growth and for all the happiness that God has showered upon us.
The second kind of happiness is being happy for the happiness of other people. It is being able to share in the success of a friend, in the good family life of a brother, in sainthood of a fellow man, in the unique blessings that people close and not so close to us possess.
Let us not remain closed to our own happiness. For this is what envy does. It blocks us from being happy with what others have and eventually, it makes us forget the blessings that have been given us.
Instead, let us have an open heart that is truly filled with happiness, and be happy for what we have as well as for what others have been given.
Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. – 1 Corinthians 13:4, WEB