So, as you know, I've entered The Writer's Voice competition, and I'm so thrilled for the chance to compete against some amazingly talented writers in this contest. I've had a bit of positive initial feedback on my entry, but as the hours pass and I see more and more of the available 40 slots filling up with requests on the other entries, I have to admit I've felt more than one twinge of jealousy.
I realized that this was a perfect time to remind myself of the message from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's address in the most recent General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon church).
Elder Holland said: "envy is a mistake that just keeps on giving. Obviously we suffer a little when some misfortune befalls us, but envy requires us to suffer all good fortune that befalls everyone we know! What a bright prospect that is—downing another quart of pickle juice every time anyone around you has a happy moment! To say nothing of the chagrin in the end, when we find that God really is both just and merciful, giving to all who stand with Him “all that he hath,”2 as the scripture says. So lesson number one from the Lord’s vineyard: coveting, pouting, or tearing others down does not elevate your standing, nor does demeaning someone else improve your self-image. So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live."
Of course, he's 100% right. Whether or not I get selected to work with one of these amazingly talented coaches, I've learned so much simply from the process of getting my submission ready for the contest. There's no need to down a quart of pickle juice simply because I wasn't the first one picked for a team (of course, that doesn't mean I wouldn't still be thrilled to get a comment saying I've been picked)!! :)
I'm so grateful for the love and support I've felt from my fellow contestants, and that's what really matters, in the end, isn't it? Thank you all for this amazing opportunity! You're the best!
(If you would like to hear the full talk by Elder Holland, I'm including the video here:)