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Keeping Up with the Jones Family

Randy DeVaul

Posted on August 25, 2018 21:23

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Americans are drowning in debt. Why? Not for anything we need and, in the end, not for anything we even want. Our money controls our lives and our lives are wasted because of it. We need to rethink what is important and focus on those things!

I often ask whether I will ever meet the most famous family in America – the Jones family. I hear people talk about keeping up with them. I figured they must be the richest family in the world. Not only did everyone want to keep up with them, they must want to be like them.

As I ventured out into life and got established with a job, I learned what it meant to keep up. When I was making minimum wage, I was covering my debt but I had nothing left over for savings. When I got a promotion and made more money, I was again covering my expanded debt with nothing left over for savings. That cycle repeated for years. I was making more, but now owed more, financed more, and still could not break even, let alone get ahead.

Today there are very few things people actually need but an abundance of things that people want. We continue to buy, finance, owe, pay, and then buy more. I remember the motto a few years ago that stated, “The one who finishes with the most toys, wins!” Wins what? A lifetime of debt, trapped in a world of things. Have you recognized that once you buy that expensive, financed toy that soon the glitter wears off and now you cannot sell it for a tenth of what you paid for it? Do you also remember the saying, “You can’t take it with you”?

So, who are these Jones people? It sounds to me like they are people who live a most miserable life, one that is trapped in debt, one that cannot be free to be themselves or to become who they were meant to be. This elusive Jones family is not good for America. 

It is true that we cannot take our stuff with us. It is not true that the person who has accumulated the most toys when life has come to an end is the winner. It just means the kids are stuck with more stuff than they can use, most of it with no meaning or interest, and it all ends up on internet auctions or fills thrift stores so other people can buy more stuff.

Storage facilities have become big business because as Americans, we have so much crap, we can no longer keep it within our own four walls so we have to purchase or rent space from others to keep it for us. It is in those storage units that all that stuff gets old, obsolete, outdated, forgotten, only to have paid thousands of dollars for space to keep stuff we no longer use.

What a waste of good money and a waste of people’s lives. Focus on what matters – relationships, family, helping others – which is where people get real satisfaction and meaning to life. Simplify, get rid of the junk, and stop buying everyone else’s junk so your life doesn’t end as pitiful as theirs has become.

Randy DeVaul

Posted on August 25, 2018 21:23

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