Symbols versus essentials

"A diamond necklace might be a pretty symbol, but strong relationships aren’t built on trinkets. They’re built on time, communication, attention, and love." from a terrific post at
It concludes as follows:

Stop caring what other people think is a call to stop wasting your money on things mostly useful in impressing other people. It’s not a good use of energy to worry about impressing people that don’t impact your life, and it’s not your possessions that impress the people that do impact your life.
Your skills, your character, your use of time, your attention, and your love matter far more than your possessions to the people that matter most. As to the rest of the people you bump into, why worry about impressing them with your stuff?

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