This brief tale illustrates how jealousy can either be a bitter dish or can lead to a tasty reward. It all depends on how the meal (and the life) is prepared.
The jealousy started when she was nine years old. She was jealous of the girls who had a different, fantastic dress for every day of school.
So she asked her mother for more dresses.
“Now that is just too much!” her mother replied. “Those girls are spoiled. It is a waste of money for you to have a different dress for every day of the week! Besides, where would we keep all those clothes?”
She instantly became sad. She was sad that her mother was so upset over not being able to give her a dress for every day of the week.
So, she asked her father. Her father told her that it was greedy of her to ask for so many dresses.
“Those girls are either from wealthy families or their mothers are spending money that they can’t afford to spend. You need to learn how to sew. In time, you will have more clothes. But that is not important. Right now, you need to focus on more important things and to get your mind away from keeping up with those girls.”
So, she asked her Aunt. Her Aunt was always good for a bailout or for some sound advice. Her Aunt always took the time to think about things called “alternatives”.