Why is it that some of us(okay lots of us!) tend to “want” various material items. Certainly advertising and marketing comes into play. We are bombarded by adverts and commercials nearly 24/7. We are also brought up to believe that we “need” new things all the time. Make money, spend money. I firmly believe that the more money a person earns, the more they will spend.
And of course a lot of us fall victim to the “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality. Someone you know has something and you feel that you deserve to have it as well.
I will admit that lately I have been feeling the pull of this way of thinking. How is it that some young, new employees at work can go out and get a new car? Why can’t I have a new car? I work hard! I deserve a newer car!!
Deserve has nothing to do with it of course. The rational thing to do is to save up for a vehicle. I can easily do this. I have my financial house in order. If I think I want monthly vehicle payments I need to start making those payments to myself. And this is what I am now doing.
Our ego gets in the way of just accepting who we are and being happy. Being happy with our looks, our relationships, our place in the world.
We have to let go of this way of thinking. Not always easy, I know.
What have any of you struggled with in this way?
Have you ever given in to your ego?
Share your struggles and successes.