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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Forget About the Joneses

Ain't the internet amazing?

All my life I've known the expression, "keeping up with the Joneses." As I'm sure you know, it means striving to acquire material goods that keep you at least equal, if not superior, to your peer group in socioeconomic status.

But I never knew where it came from, until Wikipedia informed me that it was the title of a comic strip in the early 20th century. And then they added this tidbit: "The 'Joneses' of the title were neighbors of the strip's main characters, and were spoken of but never actually seen in person ."

Isn't that something? These people of such great significance, who gave the main characters their "reason for being," were never seen in all the 28 years of the strip's existence!

Think about that for a minute: who are these "Joneses" that drive us? Madison Avenue has led us to believe that our very survival as viable members of society depends on "beating" people who don't even exist. They're "offstage" somewhere, "in the wings," and they never appear on our stage.

So, forget about 'em. Let your own internal compass point the way to happiness, and don't be seduced by someone else's idea (no matter how important they are to you).

Follow your bliss.

You'll be happier.

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