I have noticed quite a bit lately how impressionable we all are. We can't help it. It just happens. Your friend walks into the room with a great new handbag and you can't help but notice. Another friend gets a new car and you can't help but notice and perhaps be a bit jealous. Friend number 3 is getting ready to go on a great Hawaiian vacation with her boyfriend. Here you sit. Same job, same clothes, no guy, no vacation. Woe is you.
I know it's easy to get sucked into what everyone else is doing and what everyone else has. I have been there, done that. We all have. I will also tell you this my friends — being easily impressed by others and things is a very destructive pattern. It doesn't do anything for us except make us feel inferior. Why the heck would we want to do that to ourselves?!?! We should be building ourselves up, not knocking ourselves down!
So the next time you get the urge to compare yourself to someone else or get all swept up in the material things that other people have, stop yourself. These things don't affect or define you. They have nothing to do with the fabulous person you are. You are not any less fabulous because you don't have a fancy car or a designer handbag. You are fabulous because you are a kind, cool and fun person! People want to be around you for you! Not for your car or your handbag. You can walk around knowing that you are valued for you. On that same token, you should value others for the same things. Who they are. Not what they have.
So the next time you are impressed by something someone else has…change that thought. Go ahead and be happy for her new car or that great vacation. Then think of how lucky you are to have real friends that love you whether or not you have something material to offer them. Don't forget, you too have things, not because you need to impress someone, but because they work for you.