The Black Friday ad for Walmart appeared on my desk mysteriously in my absence yesterday.
And, since its appearance, it has lain here tempting and touting.
EVENT 1 – 6 p.m. Thursday…while supplies last.
EVENT 2 – 8 p.m. Thursday…while supplies last.
EVENT 3 – 6 a.m. Friday…while supplies last.
1-HOUR GUARANTEE in-store only.
If it’s not claimed by the one who placed it there by turkey time today (1 p.m.) I’ll touch it for the first and only time. And, then only to toss it into the recycle bin.
Black Friday sales do not move me. And, Thanksgiving day sales certainly do not.
In fact, they put such a sour taste in my mouth that I truly give credence to the idea of spurning those stores that force their employees to work on Thanksgiving and taking my business to stores that honor the same values I do.
Values like – honesty, fairness, traditions, justice, life, freedom, family, faith….
Perhaps having 3 very important people in my life taken from our Thanksgiving celebration family gathering (because big business money grubbers see only the bottom line and not the souls and families of those who get them there) has put a hitch in my get-along.
And, perhaps I am able to see beyond the “gotta get it” mentality that drives some people. And, I’m certainly not going to allow someone who doesn’t know me or care about me to tell me what I want, need, can’t live without, should spend MY money on in THEIR store.
Open that sale paper? Not a chance. There’s nothing in it I want or need. How do I know if I don’t look? As I sit here and think…absolutely NOTHING comes to mind that I need or even want. And, the same is true of what I know about those I love.
And, if you think about it…really think about it, the same is probably true of you as well.
What I want and need cannot be bought in a store.
Family. Friends. Faith.
Focus on relationships and forget everything else this holiday season. Money can’t buy happiness, or family, or friends.
Give thanks for what you have. It’s more than you think.