Some sermons and quotes you hear remain with you far longer than the original speaker probably believed possible.
"Awareness of others' drives your discontent" is one that I keep coming back to.
The quote itself is simple enough, but you (I) can also change it so that it reads "awareness of others [fill in the blank] drives MY discontent". For example, being aware of the fact that one staff member is favoured, drives my discontent or being aware of differences in salary, rent, insurance or car payments. Awareness of others drives our discontent - but what should our motivation be? Should we be motivated by others or are we called to be content with what we have?
You can also turn it around and say that "awareness of others causes us to be content" when you are looking at those with far less. Perhaps that's a better way to view the world, although also a lot more difficult. We tend to focus on the lack rather than abundance. Perhaps this is just a western notion, one that is exclusive to the richest people in the world (myself included).
So what do I do with the fact that I'm still annoyed that my co-worker gets preferential treatment or that I'm paying 3-4x as much as my friends in car insurance?
Suggestions? Advice is welcome!