I discovered this contest online about envy. Its almost too late to submit still it gets me to thinking. First the difference between jealousy and envy is…and secondly, what role does jealousy or envy play in an artist’s life.

Red Ravine

Webster’s defines envy as:
1 : painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage

and jealousy as:
hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage

“painful and hostile” don’t sound like very healthy words, its something I’d like to think about some more and journal. Getting a handle and some clarity on these emotions may serve in a good way.

I’ll take my journal with me to work today and spend some time with these thoughts.

Its suppose to be a comfortable 83 degrees, good thinking weather 😀

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2 Responses to “Envy”

  1. Stacy Alexander Says:

    Until now, I didn’t realize that the word, “envy” was negative. I didn’t realize that it held the connotations of “painful” or “resentful” so I have been misusing it. When I have used this term, for me, personally, it has meant that I wish I had accomplished something that the other person had, but that I was still happy for them…envious of them, but in a good way.

    Jealousy and envy as defined by Websters, are both terms that are foreign to me. I don’t think I have a jealous bone in my body, and now that I know what the word, “envy” really means, i don’t think I’ve been envious, either…..especially when it comes to the arts.

    When I see my friends’ work (yourself, included, Tricia) I might wish I could be that good, but across the board, I feel happiness for the honor and privilege of knowing someone who can create in a way that enriches me as an art-lover and viewer. I always walk away from observing someone else’s art feeling as though I’ve been given a gift, and I am filled with appreciation.

    It has been awhile since I’ve told you that you AND your art are appreciated deeply by me, Tricia. I felt that today was a good time to remind you.


  2. tricia Says:

    Always happy to hear from you, sorry I don’t get over to facebook and twitter much, I know you hang out there a lot 😀

    I will be emailing you back directly