Sometimes you have to keep your good news to yourself. Not everyone is genuinely happy for you.

Sometimes you have to keep your good news to yourself. Not everyone is genuinely happy for you.

Do you believe that everyone is always feeling happy for you, in your times of triumph?

When we are the recipients of good fortune, or we are the victorious winner of some event or competition, we are jubilant to share that joy and accomplishment with others.

Human nature, being what it is, we are soon loathe to discover that not everyone is as joyous for us, as we might expect, or hope. The reality is that many people feel pangs of envy, or jealousy, which preclude them from having positive feelings stemming from your triumph.

In fact, you might actually discover some repercussions that may come your way, as a direct result of their known subliminal feelings about your positive news.

This can be incredibly disappointing when you are in the peak of your pride and enjoyment, only to discover that it is not reciprocal among the party with whom you are sharing. It can even potentially lead to certain relationships becoming less strong than they might have previously been, as a direct consequence.

When we are navigating our way through such events, we become that much more cautious about with whom we are desirous of sharing this information and, as a direct result, we are wise to remain guarded about what we say, and to whom.

Conversely, when you are on the receiving end of news from a friend, relative, employer, coach, teacher or colleague, do you feel genuine joy for the other party, even if it is happening for them at the moment when things in your world are distressed, for any one of countless reasons?

Are you able to entirely distance your own circumstances, and allow yourself to feel genuine happiness and joy for the party who is sharing their tale of good fortune with you?

We are in many ways, selfish creatures, and these are the kinds of moments that give us opportunity to test how we honestly feel about certain circumstances.

If we discover that our reactions are not quite up to what we might have hoped they would be, we must learn to mature and compartmentalize our own disappointment such that we are able to project genuine feelings of happiness, and appreciation of the other party’s accomplishments.

Finding your own comfortable balance between sharing good news, and being the audience for someone else’s good news, is truly one of the more advanced lessons in life.

Only through our own evolution within these continuous growth cycles, may we ever hope to mature into someone of value and worth in life.

Happy Friday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!