Things themselves are not bad– it’s the excessive desire or obsession for them that screws us up. Chasing every trend and fashion moment steers us in the wrong direction. And ultimately relationships and family strengthen us more than an arsenal of clothing, accessories, insert your trapping here. At Ralph Lauren’s core is this message that “It is not a constant race for what is next, rather, an appreciation for what has come before.” That and a healthy dose of faith, humility, integrity, love for others, and moderation in all things could be the recipe for a happy life. I’m trying not to make life primarily about the acquisition of fine material things that define me, rather, defining myself now by the life I live and the love I give. It’s been an uphill battle for me with lots of backsliding along the way.