Self Improvement is yet another job!

I’m all for people doing everything they can do to improve their lives, but as I age I have observed that self-improvement has become somewhat of an obsession in our culture. Learning to leave “Well enough alone” is a metaphor that meant something to my grandparents. Products geared towards making us look perfect have been permeating our society for years. I can’t believe how ridiculous some of it has become. I recently read about a new product that was developed to handle “stress sweat”. I guess sweat can now be categorized. You just can’t sweat you have to figure out what kind it is. Perhaps you have to hire a “sweat assessor”. After all the King and Queens used to have tasters for their food in case it was poisoned. Imagine how this could create a whole new line of work? After all there are a myriad of odors from different types of sweat. You could take your “assessor” wherever you go and have him give you his suggestion for which deodorant you need for any given moment. Staff meetings, confrontations with family, divorce sweat would be a great market, or a first date. What I find so amusing is that the company that introduced this idiotic product announced that it had been clinically tested. Do people really get involved in these studies and how are they done? Do you put a bunch of people in a room with a grizzly and then monitor their sweat glands? Or maybe you have them call one of the many companies that have voice mail to see if they ever get their problem resolved. i think that would create a lot more “stress sweat”then being with a grizzly.

I’m all for improving the human condition and giving us the opportunity to look, and feel great. But self-improvement has now become another job. How many hours a day must we spend trying to discern whether we ate the right amount of blueberries, ingested enough fiber, used the right shampoo for our hair type, or made sure our sheets and pillow cases are not infested with mites? Madison Avenue executives have been plotting for years to get us to think that we will not feel good about ourselves unless we buy something that will enhance how we look. And a lot of us have bought into it. I know I did, but finally I realized that often times I looked worse than when I started. So now I spend more time accepting who i am, which makes me sweat a whole lot less!

 

About lorettalaroche

An international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, ‘Get a Life’.

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5 Responses to Self Improvement is yet another job!

  1. maggie says:

    I agree with you completely. I am 60 and constantly bombarded by i can fix this that or the other to make me more perfect, no wonder so many have stress related anxiety.(illnesses) Thank you so much for your humor that is what this world needs more of. God bless you, maggie

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  3. Ashlee Stalling says:

    It certainly feels like another job at times! But if it’s what you want, then the working at it is rewarding in itself. I have been all over the internet today looking for some really good books on this subject, I have been lucky with the last one I found and wanted to continue with some others. My current read is by Riana Milne, Live Beyond Your Dreams. It has been an awesome read, and she is also a Life Coach which really makes her approach so motivating! rianamilne.com is her site, worth a look if you are on the Self Improvement road like me!

  4. tedcasher@comcast.net says:

    When I feel like I need self-improvement, I practice clarinet! (Share following w/Kenny) I have been practicing the Chick Corea’s Spain a lot lately. When I have it down in the original key (C# minor on clarinet) I will bring it in to Martini’s. The interlude is a real bear!

    The other self-improvement would be daily Cialis, but I am waiting for Vel to sell her house and retire. Besides, I was advised by my PCP that no pharmacy insurance would touch it, because they termed it a product improvement rather than a new product.!

    Luv u both——TED

  5. Yes Loretta, we need to accept ourselves the way we are. The good, bad and ugly of things in life are all there. Love you article.
    Doris
    I write a lot on the topic of spending your time working on being more positive. Take a look at my post on my blog tonight- http://www.body-mindhealth.com.

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