Are you the envious, the jealous or the arrogant?
When talking about my world travels, I meet three type of people, the jealous, the envious and arrogant.
I was talking with my friend Stephen, he has lived in Thailand, Switzerland, Singapore and China. Then after living abroad for a few years, he came to Boston and work a couple of years. He said to me on our Skype connection,
"When you tell them about your travels, people will be jealous, envious or arrogant."
Jealous: why you and not me?
Envy: they want to join.
Arrogant: closed minded, stubborn, showing an offensive attitude of superiority.
(I had trouble finding an image that illustrated arrogance...)
I want to champion my friend Stephen, this was incredibly insightful, wise, it made my day to hear him explain this to me.
A few people say to me,
"Wow, you have visited 90 countries, I am sure people ask you about your trips."
My answer is,
"No, they do not want to hear, and if they do, they want to tell me what I saw."
I seldom talk about anything I have seen here in the USA, it is just a good way to have someone try infer I am stupid, and they are smart.
I normally try to keep my stories to myself, it is a no win situation, especially in a group of people. However, the envious, the 1 in 100 is great.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
- Philippians 4:8