Two men in the mud and rain, one with red boots the other with a red umbrella, each one looking at what the other got. illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Appreciating what we have

Umbrella vs boots – seeing what we lack

The double envy paradox

Text and illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

Often the grass can look greener on the other side, as we focus on what we lack instead of what we have. The good thing is that by talking together we can get the other side of the picture. The guy with the light backpack miss the heavy comfort sleeping pad, while the one with it wish he had a lighter pack and so on.

Suddenly things can start to make sense again and often be almost funny, realizing the grass is actually greener on both sides… and how the other one is a lot like us.

Two men in the mud and rain, one with red boots the other with a red umbrella, each one looking at what the other got. illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
We’re better at seeing what we miss than what we have

Keywords: hiking, trails, envy, feelings, emotions, psychology, attitude, positive, negative, jealousy, talking together

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Frits Ahlefeldt

Founder of Hiking.org - Researching, writing & sketching up thoughts, understandings and ideas for a sustainable future, connecting thrive, trails, places and technology