Everyone has a story and we all like to hear them. I love to eavesdrop and people watch and speculate, what's the story there? what has she lost? how was he hurt?
As children we compare ourselves to each other, trying to measure up.
As adolescents we struggle to assimilate and secretly believe that everyone else's life is better than ours. We find our inner green monster and suffer jealous fits with every success our peers enjoy.
As adults we come to realize that everyone has suffered losses, worked to overcome painful doubts, and hidden our secret failures. We eventually find therapists and support groups to bring us together with others who have lost. We come together in our pain.
What if we came together in a different way? What if we came together more regularly to celebrate our successes? Spending time with friends and acquaintances to prop each other up and encourage each other instead of quietly fuming about someone else's "dumb luck" or penchant for bragging. What if we were allowed to pat ourselves on the back for our hard work without sounding as though we thought we were better than everyone else? What if we were genuinely able to revel in the positive accomplishments (or terrific dumb luck) of those who surround us? Would becoming part of a circle of happiness and achievement spur us to even better, more positive acts?
Just a thought....