It’s so easy to be caught in the trap of keeping up appearances:

  • The way you do your hair each morning
  • The amount of time you spend putting on makeup
  • The cost & style of your clothes/shoes/bag
  • The car you drive
  • The laptop you use at work
  • The house you own
  • The way your house looks (inside/outside)
  • The schools you went to
  • The schools your kids go to
  • How knowledgable you are about any given topic
  • The type of restaurants you eat at (and refuse to eat at)
  • The drinks you choose
  • The people you hang out with (and those you choose not to)
  • The company you work for
  • Your title at work
  • Your previous successes
  • The achievements of your kids
  • How far you ran/swam/rode your bike
  • The amount of time you train each week
  • The length & difficulty of the race you completed
  • The books you’ve read & can quote
  • The activities you participate in

Isn’t it all a bit tiring?

Who is it that you’re trying to impress? When it comes down to it, isn’t this just vanity? Pride? Yet, here you are investing heaps of your time/money/attention into these activities.

One question:

So… What’s this investment given you in return lately?


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