Who’s keeping up with the Joneses? No one should. We should all be minding our own business and not worried about what Mr. and Mrs. Jones are doing. You ever come into contact with that person that always wants to be one up from you? You know that one that always reminds you, “Anything you can do, I can do better” or “I have more than what you have.”
Newsflash: No one cares that you have more than they do.
People only want you to do better, until you are doing better than they are. What we should be worried about is how everyone on the team succeeds. It’s not about having THE best or being THE best. It’s about obtaining the best that works for you. Everything does not need to be a competition. You can get yourself in a bind when you play that game. You can start to become materialistic and your debt and stress start to increase. What sense does that make just to keep up with your neighbor?
I like to stay in my lane so I know I’m not racing anyone but myself. But some people like to merge right on over into the neighbor’s lane to race. Why do we have to make a competition out of every aspect of our lives? That’s because some people can’t stand to see you doing better or have the same things as you. It’s not until you buy a new car or new house and then here they come trying to be one up from you. But in the back of your mind, they really are trying to keep up.
By the way, the Joneses may just be putting up a front. For all you know, they could be trying to keep up with you. Be confident in who you are so you don’t fall into comparing and competing with anyone else. But please humble yourselves and know we aren’t better than anyone. We are simply DIFFERENT than everyone. You can steal your own joy by comparing yourself and competing with your neighbor.
~Am I N_My_Write_Mind?