“Mamma, why do my classmates hate me?”, Jai sobbed. “I haven’t done anything to them.”
Her mother held her close, as only a mother can, and waited till the tears died down. “They hate you, because they envy you”, she explained as gently as I could.
“But why should they envy me? Yes, I am good at studies and dramatics, but there are so many things they do better than me.”
“They envy you, because you do well in all the things that matter to you.”
She never forgot that lesson. Flattery can be bought, but envy must be earned.
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