The other day, I over-heard a conversation where two women gushed over a car one had just purchased. The car she presently has is only 3 years old. Her friend was shocked that she already wanted another car when her present car only had 40,000 miles on it.
“Your car is immaculate, why would you buy a new one?” she asked.
The girl replied that she deserved a new car because she wanted to upstage her neighbor.
“Really?” her friend said looking at her surprised.
“Do you think it’s really necessary on what kind of car you have when you already have a nice one?”
She never got her answer, but the conversation went on a tangent about what her neighbor has and how stuck up she was… Really? Do you know anyone like this?
Let’s think about this for a moment…..
Are we ungrateful or just complacent?
- Your home
- The food you eat
- The friends you have
- The job you have
- The clothes you wear
- The warmth in your home
- Your health
Maybe those selections are just too easy. But what about when we stress and moan over something that we don’t have for years and then out of nowhere we get it. You revel in the fact that you have what you always wanted, and then you see someone with a newer version and you moan about getting a new version too. What gives?
- Why aren’t we ever just happy with what’s in front of us?
- Why does something drastic have to happen for us to realize how lucky we already were?
Are we just too complacent?
Everyone walks a different path in the life decisions they make. Some of us have great jobs, where one can stay home and manage house, kids and all else, while still others have to work more than one job to make ends meet. Do we envy what our neighbor has because it looks better, or do we remember to be grateful for the good fortune we already have? Most times, when we think those have it better than us, it doesn’t always turn out the way we think. Everything isn’t always as it appears.
Spending more, when we have nothing more to leverage
With so many people losing their homes, there are those that still have a home and still feel the need to one-up their neighbor or to keep up with the Jones’. Some spend money they don’t have to take vacations they can’t afford, borrow money that they can’t pay back or leverage their finances for items they can’t possibly put in their budget. Spending more than you have ultimately will put you in the poor house.
Always wanting the “new” one because you think you need it
Like the girl in the story, she clearly already had a great vehicle with no problems, but felt the need to upstage her neighbor, for lack of a better word. Wanting something and finally getting it is like winning the jack pot, but once that “newness” wears off, how happy are you then? When you have a good thing right in front of you, don’t miss the big picture just because its new.
No matter what people have, they just never seem to be happy with what’s right in front of them. A nice home, a great job, the ability to keep their family warm, or food on the table. The little things in our life are what make us who we are. Having a big house is nice, but maintaining it will be costly, whereas driving an expensive car comes with costly repairs and high insurance. If you can’t be happy with what you have now, having all the money in the world will never make you happy.
Step back and take a look at your life.
Think about all the little things that make up who you are and why you’re here now. Life is to short to forget all we have, all we could lose and all that will slip by if you don’t stop and take notice.
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://www.richlymiddleclass.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Sonia-Winland-2012.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Sonia is a Marketing Coordinator for a Leading Software Company and the founder of LogAllot where she blogs about Marketing, Blog Design, Blogging and Travel tips. When she isn’t blogging, she is an avid golfer, bass fisher and part-time travel agent. [/author_info] [/author]