I’ve known some great people over the years. Fellow musicians & artists, drinking buddies, informal mentors, lovers.
Something I thoroughly enjoy is when someone for whom I have real affection has a great opportunity become available b/c they’ve worked hard, have talent, are personable, or any combination thereof.
And in my congratulations, I came to recognise I felt envy for their just rewards, which I would express. Then the look on their face would change, & I’d feel obligated to over-explain how it was a ‘good kind’ of envy, a positive envy, & I was genuinely happy to hear the news.
Not all sins are created equal. Some will drag you down, but others will lift you up. Let’s prefer the latter; I do.