by Andrew McQuitty

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Introduction: How to slay the green-eyed monster

A. ILLUS: The story is told of rival shopkeepers whose stores were across the street from one another. If one got a customer, he would smirk in triumph at the other. One night, an angel appeared to the first shopkeeper and said, God has sent me to teach you a lesson. He will give you anything you ask for, but whatever you get, your competitor across the street will get twice as much. Want wealth? Ask whatever amount you will and it's yours, but he will get double. Do you desire long life and happiness? You'll have it, and he will have it for twice as long. Do you want fame for yourself or your children? That's O.K., but whatever you get, he will receive more. The man fumed and struggled before finally announcing his decision. O.K. Here's my request. Please strike me blind in one eye!

B. That shopkeeper had been consumed by the green-eyed monster.

1. Shakespeare defined that monster when he wrote, Oh, beware of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster, which doth mock the meat it feeds on. Jealousy is the fear that you will lose something valuable to another, be it a person, a position, or a thing. A similar emotion is envy--the anger you feel because someone else got what you wanted.

2. That monster is still wreaking havoc. Perhaps you're doing battle with him right now. You've been with the company for nearly a decade, but another person in your group just got the promotion you longed for. You smiled and congratulated her, but inside you were seething. Or you've burned the midnight oil for three years to reach the top of your class, but the girl you want to date has eyes only for captain of the football team. You help the guy with his calculus when he asks, but you'd really like to put Ben-gay in his jock strap. Or your daughter is as talented as the rest of them, but once again she's been passed over for drill team while the gir ...

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