Inner Growth Word of the Day: Jealousy
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: 1. a jealous disposition, attitude, or feeling (jealous meaning: hostile towards someone believed to enjoy an advantage and/or vigilant in guarding a possession).
Jealousy in a sentence: When a relationship or situation includes jealousy, questions should be asked as to why and how to resolve the disequilibrium.
Jealousy in action: Jealousy can bring about many things, including actions by an individual to equal out the filed so that they no longer feel at a disadvantage or lacking something.
Jealousy and inner growth: When experiencing jealousy, a person has the opportunity to pursue inner growth because it is brought to their attention a feeling of disadvantage or lack that they have compared to something or someone outside of them. Exploration takes place that will lead to actions to resolve that sense of lack within them.
Jealousy and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I think about jealousy? Has jealousy played a role in my life? If so, when and how? Is jealousy something that I see in others? What about in myself? Do I judge jealousy? What have I learned from situations where jealousy was present? How do I handle jealousy? Do I think there’s something to resolve if jealousy is present within me or someone else?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with jealousy at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now create a scenario where two people are involved and use the words you listed in the story you’re telling. As you reread what you wrote, add to the story a neutral party that tries to manage the lacks or issues between the two people in your story.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about jealousy you want to really try to remove any judgement if there is some present and to let your feelings go about. While you’re experiencing them, identify where your mind wanders off to, if it’s a specific person, event, and so on. Make a mental note of those things that keep popping up and later on explore each one to see what else you can find out about how they relate to your feelings about jealousy.
Your turn – Share your jealousy sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂