What good is the “keeping up with the Jones” mentality? What does it give you, except leaving you with a feeling of not being good enough, and not being content or grateful for what you already have.
There’s always something to be grateful for:
- If you drive a junky looking Toyota pick-up and not a 2013 Lotus Evora, be thankful that you have something TO DRIVE.
- If you make $8 an hour and not “6 figures”, at least you have a job in the first place.
- If you live in an average apartment, house, mobile home, or even live in motel room, and not in a swanky house in Pacific Palisades, at least you have a roof over your head.
- If all you have is an outdated cell phone and not the latest, overly priced cell phone, at least you have one and you do and you don’t have a ridiculous phone bill. Who cares if it doesn’t take pictures-THAT’S WHY GOD MADE CAMERAS.
- If all you can do is take your kids to the park on the weekends, and not Disneyland, at least you have opportunities to hear your kids laugh and your kids will have lasting memories of you taking the time to be with them, instead of being at work all the time.
- If all you can afford is to take your family out to a fast-food joint and not some fancy restaurant for dinner, at least you have a job, in order to have the money to take your family out and give your wife/yourself a break from cooking and doing the dishes.
I can go on and on, but I think you get the point. Focusing on all the stuff you see others are able to have and that you don’t have, will probably cause you to complain and be irritable. And you’ll find yourself without peace of mind.
It’s tiring complaining all the time, isn’t it?