Me & You, Vs. the Green Eyed Monster

W Allen Bell on April 28, 2012


With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound 
He pulls the spitting high-tension wires down 

Helpless people on subway trains 
Scream, bug-eyed, as he looks in on them 

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down 
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town 

Oh, no, they say he's got to go 
Go go Godzilla 
Oh, no, there goes Tokyo 
Go go Godzilla 

Lately, I've been doing frequent battle in Atlanta with a monster that lurks in many of our minds. He's huge, toxic and nefarious. Lets give him a four letter name: ENVY. There, said it. Green eyed monsters barrage our unconscious minds through billboards, bus ads, boasts, blurbs, and blogs.

You can't avoid him, he's stalking you. He'd like to chomp down on you right about now!

Working around innovators and interacting with brilliant creatives who leverage social media inevitably brings stealth and overt self-comparison. We see each other's best snapshots, press releases, inspired thoughts, all edited, condensed and witty. Beauty magazines got nuthin' on the power of Web-zilla, fb-zilla, blog-zilla, twit-zilla. He's spawning and morphing all around. Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Let's face it. Jealousy is way more invasive than any of us want to concede.

How am I doing in this fight? Who do I admire that struggles against these beasts too? 

Here are three people that I know are kicking Godzilla's tail and taking names:

Cheryl Delucca Johnson, Mary Francis Bowley & Jim Reese. DID YOU HEAR THAT? - Don't let that monster get you! Your name could just have deservedly been alongside these three. You are doing an invisible work among the people you love and influence daily. You need to Ask God to fill your mind with His affirmation of you and your calling. If God is real, and thousands of years of Judeo-Christian study and experience authentically reflects God's character: You are just as important to God as your late cousins Moses, Peter, and Nehemiah. But YOUR name is unique and God calls you to do something unique. Don't focus too long on other's awesome callings. If I look too long at someone's brilliant work, I'm tempted to slip from affirming, encouraging and connecting into that trap of comparing other's calling to my own.

Let's celebrate each other's work. Lets defeat the green eyed monster by loving God, loving each other and listening to His voice in our daily battles. Fight on friends.