The Holiday Season is upon us and to mark its arrival are two of the biggest shopping extravaganzas of the year – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. My inbox is full of announcements of deals and savings.
It’s fun and kind of exciting to ooh and ahh over all the beautiful things we want. To think of gifts we might give or receive. Everyone loves a good deal and there are all sorts of things to spend our money and time on.
Shopping is a funny way to begin a season meant to celebrate peace on earth and good will to all.
We think we know the difference between want and need but the lines are easily blurred. It’s a subtle difference between denying that we need something: “I don’t need that new set of stainless-steel cookware”, and honestly believing that new set of cookware will make our life better.
Many things we buy can make our life easier or provide convenience, make us look prettier or help us fit in; distract us, or entertain us. But things don’t make our life better.
This Christmas, I am going to focus on what I have instead of what I want. Focusing on what I have makes me my mindful of how fortunate I am. It makes me feel grateful. It turns everything we have into enough.
We have everything that we need. And what we need is enough.
This Christmas I am going to:
Spend more time with my friends.
Spend more time sleeping.
Spend more time just hanging out with my family.
Spend more time outside.
Spend more time with people who spend most of their time alone.
Spread more good cheer.
Spread more laughter.
Spread more love.
Spread more peace.
Wishing you all a joyous Holiday Season!