What are your immediate feelings when you hear of someone else’s good fortune? Happy for them? Bitter towards them? Sorry for yourself?
I’ve been asking myself this lately and I’ve noticed three things:
1) how often I hear of another’s good fortune.
2) how much my answer changes depending on the person.
3) how easy it is to turn it into being about me.
It is an ugly thing when we as humans can’t be happy for someone else because it’s not us.