As I was driving my daughters to school a few weeks ago we were stopped at a red light behind an old beat-up car that had a bumper sticker that said:
“My Daughter’s Pageant Dress Costs More Than Your Car”
My initial thought was that the driver of the car must have thought that this would be something that would impress most readers. I have watched, with great horror, the TV show Toddlers & Tiaras so I do know that at least a small slice of the public might be envious of such a bold statement. But for me I just felt bad for the driver of said automobile.
If we continue to attempt to purchase our self-esteem, we will keep getting the same results: an ever-increasing pile of stuff we don’t need, a mountain of debt, financial stress, and arguments with our loved ones. A simple antidote to the above: focus on self-improvement (e.g., lose weight, read a book, exercise more, save money), closer relationships (do something nice for your spouse, spend time with the kids, etc.), and involvement in community affairs (get involved at your child’s school, volunteer at church, etc.). All of these activities have been shown time and time again to be what we need as humans to live happy and productive lives. Let me close with a quote by writer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson:
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?