There are times when we just want to believe. It doesn’t matter what “it” is but we want to feel “it” is the answer. Right now I want to believe that the new health care law will be “better.”
In February I always want to believe that I will get money back when I file my taxes. So much for those pipe dreams.
Last summer a friend of mine was convinced by her hairdresser that a new product will make her hair thicker. The product was expensive but my friend believed. In fact, she had me excited about it but I decided to see if she liked it after six months or so.
A couple of days ago, one of our local stores was having a sale on the product so I emailed my friend. She laughed (through email if you can imagine that) and said that she didn’t see results so she stopped using the product and was on to something else that would help.
I smiled. How many times had I bought hair or skin care products expecting….well….a miracle? Not just healthy hair or skin but YOUNG, VIBRANT, healthy hair or skin. Maybe this new fandangled product would make my hair better than it was when I was twenty! And crazier yet, I was willing to pay a good price for that miracle.
At one point there were eight different shampoos on the shower shelf with several different conditioners all guaranteed to make my hair luscious. In fact, there wasn’t any room for the beloved husband’s Pert which had to sit on the floor!
YOUNG, VIBRANT, healthy hair or skin — that’s not going to happen. That shipped has sailed and with it went the gorgeous hair and tight skin. The disappointment is always painful. Now I am grateful if my sink isn’t stopped up with head hair and my face isn’t sprouting anything. (There are products guaranteed to fix that too!)
What is it about the promise of something better that always sucks us in? It’s not just beauty products. It’s the promise of something new that will be better for your life. It could be a gym membership to make you look….different, like you have always wanted to look (taller, will it make me taller?). Or a natural supplement that will do something wonderful (do they eliminate cellulite? help with forgetfulness?).
Publishers Clearinghouse has been successful because we believe and the lottery! Well, someone has to win, why not me!
As you get older you lose some of the willingness to believe. That is a real shame because then you turn into a grouchy old person who won’t try anything new. You call yourself a curmudgeon but you are a grouchy old person. No one wants to be around you. Certainly no one wants your advice on how products don’t work either.
So what is the answer? To be hopeful but not get suckered in? To cautiously try new things or not?
Enough of this. I just heard that there is a new laser out that does wonderful things for the skin. It will make you look 30 years younger! I have to research this…..
Video is from Cher’s official site and photo is from macfred64 via Flickr.