Full Service Westside

Recently, I read a comic strip showing a lady admiring the window display of a clothing store. The caption read the lady’s mind, “I need nothing, and I want everything.” That describes the mentality of a large segment of our society. Oftentimes, we hear a reference to “the Joneses” when we talk about trying to keep up with their endless purchases. They seem to be constantly on the hunt for a nicer car, bigger house, larger TV, cooler clothes, and impressive vacation destinations. They have an insatiable hunger for more stuff. Just as soon as you think you’ve finally caught up with them, they will make another big purchase and leave you in the dust.
An obsession with keeping up with the Joneses can be hazardous to one’s health. As a child, my parents made sure I clearly understood the risk of trying to keep up with this illusive family. Buying into this pointless mentality can result in major stress and anxiety, sleepless nights, a rocky marriage, alcohol or drug abuse, dysfunctional family relationships, and of course, financial disaster. I don’t get it. Why would anyone want to experience this self-inflicted pain?
Yes, let the Joneses spend money as they wish. If they buy stuff they don’t need, with money they don’t have, to impress people they don’t even like, that’s none of our business. However, don’t assume their lives are more joyful because of their possessions. They have yet to learn that money does not buy happiness, but hopefully they will figure it out sooner rather than later.

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