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Day six in our quest to showcase the Seven Deadly Sins in cute devil form. Today’s topic is Envy.
I really love how this one turned out. It is probably my favorite of the bunch. And yet another “sin” that I am guilty of.
I remember looking for houses and setting a housing budget like my dad taught me; no more than 33% of your gross income should go to housing expenses (including mortgage, insurance and utilities). Knowing the neighborhood we wanted to be in, I kept getting frustrated seeing all these houses that I liked but couldn’t afford with my budget. I remember asking my wife how the heck all these people could afford these houses and we couldn’t. She, being the financial whiz she is, replied “Because many of them are mortgaged to the hilt.” Sure enough when the housing market collapsed many of those same houses suddenly went on the market.
I envy other cartoonists, both in how amazing some of them can draw and how some who I feel I do better get many thousands of visitors daily. Yet I know there are others out there struggling to find an audience or their niche on the web and think I have it made.
So envy is a weird thing. You can be envious of someone one day and feel sorry for them the next. And for as much as you can be envious of others, there are probably people out the envious of you or your situation.
We all are guilty of envy sometimes but we should do our best not to. Sometimes our lives are better than the ones we run down
Right now I am envious that you got a free 5 day vacation for blogging..haha.
It seems that envy stems a lot, from of material things. When one actually sits down and thinks about what is really important, family and love, one cures oneself of envy very quickly.
I do something similar. As bad of a day as I might have at the office, it pales in comparison to real struggles that others go through and tends to put things in perspective.
something about envy and jealousy being two faces of the same thing…
Amen to that.
You should make these into t-shirts. One for every day of the week!
Come back on Sunday and all will be revealed.
Ah, envy… what I feel when I look at other people’s webcomics. I can’t help it. I think envy is caused by self esteem. I’m gonna stop before I depress myself 😀
At least you can say that with a smile on your face 🙂
Hmmmm, I hope there aren’t other cartoonists envious of my endeavors. Because as all us cartoonists know it’s such a fabulous job. Ha,ha,ha.
You are too modest.
I don’t envy anyone you bastards 🙂 OK one person, Betty friggin White. If I could be half as energetic and funny at her age I would stop being a greedy, friggin sloth 🙂
You aren’t even half as energetic and funny at YOUR age.
I’m just warming up Bearman 🙂
You mean you ain’t made it yet Bearman. Say it ain’t so! I’m one of those strugglin’ to find a place somewhere. I’m beginnin’ to think I might just need to revert back to my old way when “I felt sorry for anyone that wasn’t me.” Maybe I just need to keep doin’ what I’m doin’ and enjoy it.
Bo I think you are too hard on yourself. But I was right there too. I used to check my stats multiple times a day hoping I would reach a certain goal. Stopped worrying about it and barely check even once a day.
If people come, I love it. If they don’t, it is still an outlet for me to draw and share it with the few who keep coming back.
What the? Modesty isn’t a friggin sin Bearman …sheez!!!!
That’s why I can be modest all day long..heheh
I am happy with what I don’t have.
Including a non spot on the next Celebrity Apprentice?
oh I feel sorry for those rich celebrities. No way could I trade my anonymity for their wealth and public harassment.
Some get the have the wealth, celebrity and no harassment though.
You need to update your url on replies to WordPress.com blogs.
I need to quit checking into wordpress.com and signing in. It keeps screwing me up when I respond via comments as I forget it is linking to that blog instead of here. Thanks for the reminder.
Hey don’t give up Bearman you’ll get there some day. Hey I put a link to your site on my blog list so when some visits my site they can clik onto your site.
Thanks JB. When you going to send me a 125×125 banner ad so I can do the same over here.
Excuse my tardiness, but I have to say I love this series and dammit if I don’t see myself in some of these. Nicely done Bear.
Yeah…but which ones??
truthfully here, i used to be envious of folks who had more free time but now i realize that all that free time’s only worth what you fill it with. does that make sense to anyone besides me?
Yep. I find myself wasting alot of time.
Makes perfect sense to me, Lynn – and I agree with what you’re saying
Of all the sins, I think envy is the one most difficult not to be guilty of.
I can believe that there are some people who have never felt lust, pride, anger, etc.
But I don’t believe there’s a person anywhere who has not felt envious of another at some time or another
What is interesting is how envy can turn some people into having more drive to get those things they want and for others it turns them into complainers that they deserve it.
ok… as i am scrolling down i’m starting to notice a pattern.
please don’t tell me i missed all SEVEN of these?!
Envy comes from the scarcity mentality. We see things as limited resources and whatever our neighbor gets is something we lose. In reality, when you operate in an abundance mentality, you see that there’s enough for everybody.
Now, that’s easier said than done and I totally identify with this member of the seven…
“you see that there’s enough for everybody.”…great, I will gladly take my share of your income.
I’ve was always envious of your stats, Bearman!
But it’s very well deserved – so I’m happy for you at the same time. 🙂
Obviously you don’t know my stats.
Sorry I’m so late to the party here. Away from t’intrawebs all weekend.
Envy has been a wonderful tool for me. I don’t consider feelings to be sins at all, but the way we choose to act because of feelings can be pretty sinful.
Two kinds of envy: Envy of material things others have, and envy of character traits or talents others have. I generally feel more strongly the latter than the former. And this has always been a spur to me to achieve that for myself. I want to always strive to continue to be a better person in my own eyes. I look around me and see others who have the traits I need and I’m thankful that I now have a model for my own behavior.
Hope that was clear.