Me with one of my favorites – teaching me more about value than anything else!
I read a fantastic article this morning, and goodness, it so hit home for me today. As a busy mom who simply doesn't have time to keep up with the newest trends, who couldn't care less that her minivan has 160,000 miles on it (it runs great ~ at 185,000 miles now!), and who's never owned expensive jewelry other than my wedding ring, it just felt good to have those words written out for me.
Here was my favorite quote from the article . . .
“Too often, people pay a premium just for the privilege of become a walking billboard. I am no longer impressed by the logo on your shirt, your purse, or the face of your watch. Instead, I admire those who are confident in timeless fashion and seek to make an impression by their character and their countenance.”
I've struggled my whole life with feelings of inadequacy (and am betting I'm not alone.) I've looked at skinnier girls, dressier-upped girls, oh-so-put-together girls and from my very earliest memories have never felt I've even come close to measuring up.
And as I've gotten older, it's gone beyond how I look some days to what I have. Folks, we live in an absolutely perfect home. Ridiculously nice, really. But a few weeks ago when visiting a new house in our neighborhood I noticed the home's perfect mudroom and excessively large pantry.
It was beautiful.
Did you hear me? I LIVE IN A HOUSE THAT HAS A MUDROOM AND A PANTRY, AND I LET MYSELF BELIEVE THAT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME?
Wherever you are in your finances, wherever you are in your life, don't allow yourself to fall into the trap of believing more stuff equals more value.
And honestly? No matter what you have, someone will always have more, so you'll never win the if only war.
Instead, exemplify by your character and countenance your true value, whether you're checking out at the grocery store or playing with your babies at home. Your value has absolutely nothing to do with your stuff ~ don't allow this world to trick you into believing anything else.
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