Choosing Gratitude Over Jealousy: A Path to True Joy

In pursuing happiness, we often find ourselves at a crossroads: jealousy or gratitude. 

While the former can seem deceptively alluring, promising motivation and a sense of comparative achievement, the latter leads to lasting joy and fulfillment. 

I will dive into why choosing gratitude over jealousy can improve our lives.

The Trap of Jealousy

At its core, jealousy reflects our insecurities and unfulfilled desires. It’s easy to look at someone else’s life – their successes, possessions, or lifestyle – and feel envy. However, this emotion is more destructive than it is constructive. It roots us in a mindset of scarcity and competition, where our self-worth is measured against others.

The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude, on the other hand, shifts our focus from what we lack to what we possess. It’s about recognizing and appreciating the value of our own life experiences, relationships, and achievements. When we practice gratitude, we open ourselves to experiencing joy in the present moment, appreciating life’s small victories and simple pleasures.

Practical Steps Towards Gratitude

Personal Inventory: Start by taking stock of your life. What are the things you’re thankful for? This could range from your health, family, and friends to your career achievements. Acknowledging these can shift your perspective from what you don’t have to what you do.

Celebrate Others’ Success: Instead of feeling envious, try to feel happy for others’ achievements. This positive outlook can bring a sense of community and shared joy rather than isolation and bitterness.

Set Realistic Goals: Sometimes, we set lofty goals that are more about outshining others than fulfilling our needs. Setting achievable personal goals keeps our focus inward and helps us derive satisfaction from our progress.

The Joy of Letting Go

Letting go of jealousy is akin to unburdening oneself. It’s about releasing the heavy load of comparison and competition we often carry unconsciously. When we choose gratitude, we celebrate our unique journey, embrace our victories, and learn from our setbacks.

As we navigate life, let’s remind ourselves of our choices. 

We can either get bogged down by jealousy or rise through gratitude. 

Choosing the latter enhances our well-being and contributes to a more positive and supportive environment.

I am grateful for each one of you reading this. 

I sincerely appreciate your time and engagement with these thoughts. 

May we all strive to replace jealousy with gratitude and journey towards true joy.

New Year’s Greetings

First and foremost, allow me to thank you for taking the time to open and read this message, as I know we all have so much on our plates at this time of the year.

I am so grateful for all of the Blessings that 2019 provided to all of us, that I felt it necessary to share some of the highlights, surrounding 2019, now in the rearview mirror, with all of its great memories and take a look forward to 2020, with overwhelming enthusiasm and excitement.

Suffice it to say that from a corporate perspective, the Opening of the Wellings of Stittsville would have to have been the high point of the past year. I guess it goes without saying that our community members proved once again, that they are the true “Wellings Champions” that we all aspire to be 🙂 Their patience and support was not only appreciated but truly cherished, as we endured the delays in construction.

I believe in my heart that the end result is a Wellings community that is a beautiful building fueled by community’s passion-We are so Blessed-Thank you all.

In addition to the Wellings of Stittsville opening, we are all excited with the overwhelming community support we have received in all of the existing Wellings communities, as well as markets we are looking forward to building in. With vibrant Wellings PLUS communities in Picton, Corunna (Sarnia), and most recently, Stittsville, with our most successful opening to date, where almost 150 people moved in in the 1st 60 days-Wow. The most fantastic thing in Stittsville was the community’s birth, long before there was ever a building, fascinating……

The other very exciting news that will forever tie 2019 to 2020 is the innovation that we have experienced in our traditional Wellings offering. On the heels of the tremendous success in the Wellings of Waterford, with all three phases scheduled to be completed in April of 2020, we already have a full house. The popularity of this model of community in Waterford has “inspired” us to ramp up development in our traditional Wellings small market offering. This model is a unique offering that breeds a real sense of community at affordable prices for smaller cities. As a result of this overwhelming support, we have communities in planning or under development in Winchester, Pembroke, and Cornwall to kick off in 2020.

On the Wellings PLUS front, we are equally excited about the completion and environment in our recently opened Wellings of Stittsville and have Wellings PLUS communities beginning construction in 2020 in Whitby and Calgary-So exciting, to provide the ultimate 55+ community experience in these two markets.

I wanted to personally thank all of our stakeholders for their contributions and support in helping the Wellings brand to exceed expectations at every opportunity and continue to innovate in the area of 55+ communities. I look forward to seeing all of you during my visits to YOUR Wellings community during 2020, while I continue to look for your input as to how we can continue to make Wellings all that your dreams make it.

On a closing note, I wanted to personally thank all of our community members for their undying support and trust and wish each and every one of you A joyous holiday season and all of the Blessings that 2020 has to bring to you and your families.

Happy New Year,
Kevin Pidgeon,
Nautical Lands Group


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