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The Tale of Comparison and Envy

Constant exposure to carefully curated and often idealized versions of others' lives can lead to feelings of inadequacy, jealousy, and envy.

By Lawal TunmisePublished 3 months ago 5 min read
The Tale of Comparison and Envy
Photo by Siddhesh Mangela on Unsplash

Once upon a time, in a small, quiet town nestled among rolling hills and lush green forests, lived two friends named Emily and Sarah. They had been inseparable since childhood, sharing dreams, secrets, and laughter. As they grew older, however, a shadow began to creep into their friendship, a shadow born of Comparison and Envy.

Emily was a talented artist. Her fingers danced across the canvas, creating masterpieces that left everyone in awe. Her work was displayed in galleries, and her talent was praised far and wide. People admired her ability to capture the beauty of the world in every stroke of her brush.

Sarah, on the other hand, was a writer. She had a way with words that could transport readers to different worlds and make them feel things they never thought possible. Her novels were bestsellers, and her stories touched the hearts of many. Yet, despite her success, Sarah couldn't help but feel envious of Emily's artistic prowess.

One sunny afternoon, as they sat on the porch of Emily's cozy cottage, Sarah couldn't contain her feelings any longer. Tears welled up in her eyes as she confessed, "Emily, I envy your talent. Your paintings are so beautiful, and I can't help but wish I could create something as magnificent as you do."

Emily, taken aback by Sarah's confession, put down her paintbrush and turned to her friend with a warm smile. "Sarah, you have no reason to envy me. Your words have the power to touch souls and create worlds. I may paint pretty pictures, but your stories have the ability to change lives."

Sarah wiped away her tears and managed a weak smile. "But, Emily, I can't help but feel like I'm living in your shadow. Everywhere we go, people talk about your art, and I feel like I'm just the sidekick."

Emily reached out and held Sarah's hand. "Sarah, you're not my sidekick; you're my inspiration. When I see the worlds you create with your words, it drives me to paint even more passionately. We're two different artists, each with our own unique gifts."

Sarah nodded, her heart feeling lighter. "You're right, Emily. We're different, but that doesn't mean one of us is better than the other. We should embrace our talents and support each other."

From that day forward, Emily and Sarah made a pact. They promised to celebrate each other's successes and find inspiration in each other's artistry. Their friendship grew stronger, and they found that Comparison and Envy had no place in their lives.

As the years passed, Emily's art continued to flourish, and Sarah's novels continued to captivate readers. They both achieved immense success in their respective fields, but their friendship remained their greatest treasure.

One chilly winter evening, as Emily and Sarah sat by the crackling fire in Emily's cottage, they reflected on their journey.

"Emily," Sarah began, "do you remember that day when I confessed my envy to you?"

Emily chuckled, her eyes filled with warmth. "Of course, Sarah. It was a turning point in our friendship, a moment of honesty that brought us closer."

Sarah nodded. "I'm so glad we had that conversation. It taught me that envy only leads to unhappiness. It's okay to admire and be inspired by others, but we should never let it overshadow our own abilities."

Emily leaned closer to Sarah. "And I learned that true friendship is built on honesty, trust, and unwavering support. We've come a long way since then, haven't we?"

They both smiled, their hearts filled with gratitude for the bond they shared.

Years turned into decades, and Emily and Sarah grew old together. They continued to create art and stories, leaving a lasting legacy in their town. Their friendship remained unbreakable, a testament to the power of love, support, and understanding.

One sunny afternoon, as Emily lay on her deathbed, surrounded by the beautiful paintings that had defined her life, Sarah sat by her side, holding her frail hand. Tears welled up in Sarah's eyes as she said, "Emily, you've brought so much beauty into this world through your art. You've inspired me in ways words could never express."

Emily, her voice weak but filled with love, replied, "And you, Sarah, have painted the most vivid stories with your words. You've given life to characters and worlds that will live on forever."

As Emily took her last breath, Sarah felt a mix of sorrow and gratitude. She knew that their friendship, forged in the crucible of Comparison and Envy, had been the most precious gift of all.

Emily's passing was a somber moment for the town, but her art continued to inspire generations. Sarah, now alone, poured her grief and love into her writing, creating a masterpiece that celebrated their friendship and the lessons they had learned together.

The novel became an instant sensation, touching the hearts of readers around the world. It told the tale of two friends who had faced Comparison and Envy but had emerged stronger, their bond unbreakable.

As the years passed, Sarah's novel became a classic, and the town where they had lived together turned into a hub for artists and writers alike. Emily's paintings adorned museums, and Sarah's books lined the shelves of libraries worldwide. Their legacy lived on, a testament to the enduring power of friendship and the ability to overcome Comparison and Envy.

In the end, Emily and Sarah's story was not just about art and words; it was about the beauty of embracing our differences, supporting one another, and finding inspiration in the success of others. It was a reminder that Comparison and Envy need not cast shadows over our lives, for true friendship and creativity can flourish when we lift each other up.

And so, the tale of Comparison and Envy became a timeless lesson, passed down through the ages, inspiring countless souls to celebrate their own unique talents and cherish the friendships that light their way through life's journey.


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