So… we’ve heard of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Love them or Loathe them!

BUT have you heard of The Jones’? I’ve heard the phrase my entire life. It’s when you want to keep up with latest trends and have “the best”, be seen as having the best and ultimately The Jones are the people we want to be like! But who are they? Where did this come from?

I was thinking about this recently, and concluded.

THE JONES DON’T EXIST

What is this invisible stress we put on ourselves, unnecessarily? Who are these people we strive to be like?

I don’t see anybody perfect anywhere, certainly not as a parent.

We need to, as parents LET GO of this unattainable and nonexistent lifestyle.

O.K so someone has a Smart TV your son would like. A mum has the garden you covet. But overall there is no family living that wonderful life, on that greener grass, atop the sunlit hill. INSIDE the home is a struggle, challenge, stress.

Look at celebrities. A perfect example of money and success not being the answer to settled, harmonious marriages.

We, as people seem to be on that search for something more, or something else. Possibly, too many options today. Too many comparisons and feeling inadequate.

Or have THIS and THAT, therefore life is complete.

No! It doesn’t work this way.

I believe the more you discover your authentic self and nurture this, then you will be happier.

Don’t KEEP UP. Just BE a lot more.

BE in the moment. BE present and BE grateful.

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  • Just be true to yourself and not keeping up with other people.

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  • I don’t bother about what others have. I am content with what I have and that’s it. My sibling and my in-laws are all about who has what and who copied who and all that .
    Who seriously has the time energy and money for it?

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  • A personalised plan for your own authentic life is all that is needed.
    Working towards having that life is the mission. :)

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  • I could not agree more so so so true

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  • Agree. It’s so hard not to compare yourself with others and i always try to remember to be happy with what i have because others would wish they had what i had too

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  • I don’t try to impress anyone. We have a small home and live within our means. I know plenty of people who have flash houses, new cars, caravans etc, but are also in a world of debt and have to work crazy hours to keep up with it all…Im sure things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows for them! I am very happy with what I have and I have a healthy happy family and thats all that matters to me

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  • Yes I agree!

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  • I do enjoy some of the finer things in life and experience what the world has to offer but within my means or I save up foe items etc. I do not keep up with the jones’ and also don’t really feel the need to.

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  • Just being true to yourself should be enough.


    • Being true and authentic is the only way to go and it gives a sense of well being.

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  • Yes, no need for striving just be yourself

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  • I haven’t ever tried to keep up with anyone. Except my kids.

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