June 19, 2009

Is it Time for a Reset?

On this evening's 20/20, the journalists explored what they are calling "The New Normal" since the economic recession in our country. One Canadian professor has called this "The Reset," a time when the American people have to stop and re-evaluate what's truly important.

Even before this recession, I've always had issues with the whole "keeping up with the Joneses" mentality because it seems that there is never any ending in sight. People I've seen fall victim to this way of thinking don't seem to ever be able to just enjoy their current place in life.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to live my life constantly lusting for more. There will always be someone with a bigger house, nicer car, newer technology, etc. I think it's pretty miserable to never be content with what you have presently, and that is my goal for myself.

I've done quite a bit of thinking about my priorities for how I want to live my life. One of the reasons Corporate America wasn't a good fit for me was because my industry required such long hours devoted to the job. I'm thankful to now have a career that I love and will allow me to be home with my children after school and during the summers.

I want a lifestyle that is comfortable but below my means (so that money is never an issue). I don't need the fanciest car or home; I don't need to fill my life with the "stuff" that brings superficial (and short-lived) happiness. I'd rather live modestly and find my happiness through my relationships with others and the experiences we share.


  1. I am so with you on wanting to be content with what one's life has. If we always look at what we don't have, we have NOTHING!