Who are the Joneses and why am I supposed to keep up with them?
Most of us are familiar with the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses”, which essentially is the philosophy of wanting to keep up with the social status of our neighbors.
I am happy to admit that my husband, nor I have ever cared about “The Joneses” or what they think about us, but unfortunately we are in the minority.
My husband was raised in an apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan with a Cuban Immigrant father who came to this country with nothing except the clothes on his back. He taught my husband the value of hard work and not to expect anything to be handed to you.
I, on the other hand, grew up in a suburb, not too different from where we live now. My parents were not well off and I had to work for everything I have. Many of my friends lived in big homes, their parents drove fancy cars, had vacation homes down the shore, boats, and traveled multiple times a year. I wasn’t resentful or ashamed of what I didn’t have. To the contrary, it motivated me to do better; I knew that in order to be successful I had to work hard and make sacrifices.
Fast forward to today. I look around at my peers, trying to “one up the next”, and their kids being handed every device known to man without truly understanding the value of a dollar, and we wonder why we are raising a generation of entitlement.
We all know “that” family... the happy, perfect family who seems to have it all. Everyone has a “Jones” family on their block and while some shrug their shoulders and don't care that the “Jones” just brought home a new Mercedes, others feel as if they need to not only keep up but to outdo this neighbor or even friend. If you feel compelled to keep up with the Joneses but want to stop pursuing a potentially limitless competitiveness, there are few steps you can take to get off the “one up” train.http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Keeping-up-With-the-Joneses