A few recent experiences prompted me to think about the person I want to become, which subsequently led to some contemplation of traits I admire in others. It turns out that many of the people I admire most have one thing in common:
They are always genuinely happy for others, even if things in their own lives are looking bleak.
I can think of 3 people off the top of my head who are always genuinely happy for others and never jealous of others' successes-my good friend Susan, my second cousin David (or is it 1st cousin, once removed? so confusing!), and my backyard neighbor, Melanie.
I've been considering where I stand and where I want to be. It seems that simply taking a few minutes to become more aware of what needs to change was half the battle. Recently in an interview on Marta Writes (what a gal!), the talented Jordan of Oh Happy Day recommended, "Be authentic and don't be jealous". She also mentioned being friends with people with skills you are interested in learning (I'm paraphrasing a bit--you can read the full interview here). I think the same principle applies here:
Surround yourself with talented, inspiring, good people who uplift you and make you want to do more and BE more.
Wow, I'm waxing a little serious today :) Hope you don't mind. Feel free to share any thoughts you might have on the subject!