I don't know if it's universal, but I think that many of us have an image of ourselves that we want the world to see and believe. Something that we want others to think of when they think of us. For some it's their style. For others it's their possessions. Most of us probably have a couple of images that we want to present to the world.
Here's one that's been around for awhile, but has been gaining popularity lately. "In our information-drenched, 24/7 work workplaces, where time for leisure has become an even scarcer commodity for many professionals than money to buy luxury goods, being "so busy" seems to be a badge of honor, a status symbol in our always-on world" according to a Washington Post article. They say that 'busyness' has replaced conspicuous consumption as a way to signal importance.
Don't know if that's progress or not. Many people used to signal their importance by mentioning the new "thing du jour" that they just acquired. Meaning ofcourse that they're important and successful. If we're getting past that it's good.
If we've just replaced it by status-dropping the fact that I'm too busy for the stuff that you lesser people have time for then that's probably not too healthy.
Personally I've never wanted to be associated with conspicuous consumption. But I could be considered guilty of busyness! So don't be surprised if you see a few more articles on time management and keeping your life in balance in upcoming issues!
Keep on Stretching those Dollars!
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