It was a TV ad on the Breakfast show.
It looked tempting, so tempting that many people entered this competition. Hard to resist – the chance to show off a fantastic new car and go shopping with £2,000 to spend.
Imagine when the car’s delivered!
It sits outside in the street or on your drive and everyone stops to admire it. You’re so proud. Can’t wait to take it for a spin. Off you roar, leaving those admiring glances behind, those envious faces wondering how you afforded it. After all, you only just changed last year’s model. They’d love a brand new car, given half the chance.
There’s nothing like the smell and feel of a new car. Leather seats, everything shiny, no finger marks, not even the tiniest scratch. You stop at the lights and the guy in the older car next to you grins and waves, giving you a thumbs up. You grin back, basking in the sunshine of his envy.
You frown a little as it begins to rain. The auto-wipers do their best but it’s quite a downpour. On the motor-way the traffic’s heavy. Lorries soak you in muddy spray, wooshing past at speed. Reluctantly you slow down, it’s hard to see far ahead in this storm, even with the headlights on. It’s dusk and it’ll soon be dark. As soon as you can, you turn off and head for home.
You put your house key in the lock and call out.
‘I’m home, love!’
You shake the drips from your coat and hang it up.
‘How’s the car, love? Pleased with it?’ She comes to the door to take a look.
‘What a pity it rained, sweetheart. It’s lost its shiny, new look. You’ll have to wash it tomorrow. Still, I suppose it can’t stay ‘new’ for ever! ‘
You’re gutted. It was fantastic having it delivered. And now it’s not new anymore. Looks just like everyone else’s. Muddy, smeary, tyres all spoilt, mats muddy.
But at least you’ve still got that £2,000 to spend…
We all get a ‘high’ from having more ‘stuff’. It lasts for… well… at least a few minutes… and before long we’re thinking about the next ‘new thing’. At least that’s how it seems to me sometimes.
I wonder how long the novelty and excitement of receiving their ‘new stuff’ will last with most children this Christmas…
Is there anything we can do about it?
How can we help our children to be less greedy when many adults are just as bad?
How do we show them that having more ‘stuff’ won’t make them happy?
or will they discover it for themselves…
- What does happiness mean to you?
- What has to happen for you to feel happy?
- Is it a lasting state or is it fleeting?
Do tell us in the comments…
Header image by cursedthing, post image by Kraetzsche Photo, on Flickr