I watched an interesting video the other day on YouTube. An East African musician was giving her viewers a sneak peek into her life, and part of this behind-the-scenes show included a tour of her house. She made sure to remind us all that this was only a holiday house, as her real residence is outside the country. I marvelled as she shared everything from the interiors of her cars, to her toasters, to her designer clothes and handbags. I found it interesting that she mentioned the “holiday home” and “real residence” several times during the clip.
I found myself thinking about her the following afternoon. I knew within me that I could not judge her or anyone, for the simple reason that we are all human beings. I could not help but wonder, would we do the things we do, buy the things we buy and say the things we say if nobody would ever know about them? Would there be any fun in getting a car if nobody would see us driving it? Would we be interested in buying the latest version of Item A if it were not newer or classier than our dear friend’s less recent version of the same? Would we live on more than the basics if we had nobody to compete with? Would I do and say the things I do and say if only God and I would ever know about them?
We each have to take the time to discover and determine what defines us…
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van·i·ty [van-i-tee] noun, plural
1.excessive pride in one’s appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit.
2.an instance or display of this quality or feeling.
3.something about which one is vain.
4.lack of real value; hollowness; worthlessness.
5.something worthless, trivial, or pointless.