"What else can I offer you, aunty? Would you like some
chocolates?" asked Punit as he spoke to a lady who had come to his
stall during the annual school fair. To this she replied, "No, I
just bought 20 packets from Dhyey Shah's stall. He had a lot of
"Okay, okay, it doesn't matter." Punit answered with a weary
smile. Punit and Dhyey had been classmates since kindergarten.
Dhyey was always a step ahead of Punit in all fields, be it
studies, sports or any extracurricular activity; Dhyey always won.
Due to this, Dhyey was famous throughout the school. He was always
selected for all school programs. Punit would endeavor to out-do
Dhyey each time, but never succeeded.
One day, Punit returned home with a gloomy face. Putting his
backpack down, Punit went near his closet to change his clothes.
Just then his sight fell on the mirror and Punit said to himself,
"I look like a cry-baby." He stared at the mirror with a grumpy
Just then the mirror replied, "I am a mirror. I show you as you
are. But my dear friend, do tell me why you look so sad today?"
Punit was startled to hear the mirror speak. With irritation he
said, "It's all because of Dhyey. Once again, he got higher marks
than I did in the exams. No matter how hard I try, he is always
ahead of me. I don't understand why I am always lagging
With laughter the mirror replied, "Oh! So that's what's going on!
You are jealous of Dhyey." To this Punit said, "Jealous? No, no
Dhyey is my friend. Why should I be jealous of him?" The mirror
continued, "Like I mentioned before, I am a mirror. I show you as
Punit then asked, "How do I believe that I am
jealous of Dhyey?" The mirror answered, "I'll prove it right away.
Listen carefully to what I say and tell me whether you agree or
When Dhyey outshines you, you don't like it.
When people praise him, you cannot tolerate it.
When he suffers a loss or falls back, you feel happy. In
fact, you even wish for this to happen.
Whatever he does, you feel compelled to do it
You keep seeing negative qualities in him, and feel a sense of
dislike towards him.
You feel like telling others about his
You burn like fire all day long.
Tell me, do you feel all of this?
Punit was stunned with what he had just heard. Everything that the
mirror had said was true. He asked the mirror, "Oh! How did you
find out about all this?" The mirror replied, "I told you, I am a
mirror. I show you as you are."
Listening to this, the expression on Punit's face was that of a
thief caught red-handed. Seeing this the mirror said, "Your gloomy
face, your resentment and irritation are all a result of your
jealousy. I have a great solution to help you overcome jealousy."
Punit's face was an exclamation mark. He asked the mirror, "What is
it? Please tell me."
The mirror then replied, "When you heartily appreciate the
positive qualities in others, those qualities manifest in you. Our
strength increases and by heartily accepting the positive in
others, our jealousy for the person dissolves completely.
Therefore, you too should appreciate the positive qualities in
Dhyey from the bottom of your heart."
Once again with a grumpy face, Punit said, "Positive qualities
and that too in Dhyey? Even if I search with binoculars I cannot
find even a single positive quality in him."
The mirror rhetorically asked, "You can't find any or you don't
want to find any positives?"
Punit looked down speechlessly. The mirror then said, "C'mon… tell
me, when do you start preparing for your exams?" Punit thought over
it and answered, "A week in advance." The mirror asked, "And
Punit answered, "He studies daily. Once Dhyey's father told me,
that Dhyey always follows his timetable. He has slotted aside time
to watch TV, play and chat with friends and he diligently follows
Explaining to Punit the mirror said, "So this is known as his good
time management skill. Then, have you seen him practicing tennis?"
Punit replied, "Yes, at school while the rest of us chit chat, or
goof around, he practices tennis."
So the mirror said, "This proves that he is sincere and
hardworking." Punit said yes nodding his head. The mirror then
added, "Instead of being jealous, if you appreciate his positive
qualities, then these qualities will also begin to develop in
Punit felt inspired by these words. The following day, in math
class the teacher asked the students to solve a tough problem.
No-one other than Dhyey was able to solve it. At first, Punit felt
jealous, but at once he remembered the teachings of the mirror. In
his mind, he immediately praised Dhyey's intelligence.
Thus, Punit began to notice and happily appreciate Dhyey's
discipline, sincerity, concentration, hard working qualities.
Within no time, he also became sincere and hard working like
Today, Punit's exam results were declared. He looked extremely
happy. Punit promptly went and stood in front of the mirror. The
mirror questioned him, "What's the matter? You look very happy
today!" Punit answered, "How do you know that?"
The mirror said, "Have you forgotten? I am a mirror. I
show you as you are."
To this Punit said, "Yes, I got my results today. Dhyey stood
first while I came second. I scored the highest marks in science.
The best part of all is that, I am not at all jealous of Dhyey, in
fact, I am happy about his progress and at the same time I am happy
with my own progress also." The mirror proclaimed its happiness
saying, "I am pleased to hear about this too." Punit added, "…And
as I tell others of Dhyey's result, I feel all the more lighter."
To which the mirror said, "Do you know the reason?" Punit
asked, "What is it?"
The mirror replied, "By speaking positively about a person for
whom we hold negative opinions, the negativity in our mind gets
dissolved. This is why you feel light."
Punit said, "Oh! Thanks a lot! You have given me the ultimate
solution to overcome jealousy. All my energies were lost being
jealous. Now, I can steer my strengths onto the path of
The mirror said, "Very good! Now, don't ever go astray, or else I
will immediately catch you. You remember, don't you?" Punit
replied, "Yes, yes! You are a mirror and you show us as we are."
And, they both burst into laughter.
Treasure on Jealousy
Story on True Achievement