So often we may find ourselves either consciously or unconsciously comparing ourselves negatively towards other people, other lifestyles, or other whatevers..you fill in the blank.
This activity only serves to create suffering and lack consciousness within our minds and our lives.
It's one thing to set reasonable goals for ourselves & strive for them; it's quite another to look at other peoples lives with envy, jealousy, or words like "those lucky dogs"..
When I was in high school, the following poem came to me that I think says it all in just six lines:
The grass is always greener on the other side
and if it looks greener
go ahead, go there.
Then you might find though it be greener,
there is too much fertilizer
So you'll burn your feet
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