Give Thanks.. For Shopping?

22 Nov

As the year winds down and the nights grow longer, the world seems close-knit in a magical wonderland.  Twinkling lights, rosy-cheeked kids and family gatherings remind us of gratitude for goodness, counting our blessings and good will to all.  This time of year is our formal opportunity to connect with others in appreciation with love and light.

Then there’s shopping!

The holiday season has arrived and so has ho-hum, neck tension and stressed out shopping.  Let’s face it, there’s so much to do this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the break-neck speed of consumerism.

At the grocery store, shopping mall or local retail gift shop, you may be met with crabby, exhausted people.  Instead of delight and good cheer, you may get cut off in the parking lot, sneezed on in the pharmacy and grumbled at in the check-out line. 

Gratitude can get overlooked when expectations start to pile up.  Sometimes we have impossible expectations of ourselves or it could be obligations we agreed to and now realize the overwhelming difficulty in balancing them with family activities.

I have a solution.  It’s really just a little change in perspective.  This realization came to me several years ago and I’m hoping it will ease your burden during this very busy time of year.

So here it is, folks.  Shopping has very little to do with your shopping list.

That’s it.  Simple.  End of story.

What I mean is, we all have appointments to keep.  These are not things we have to go out of our way to do.  Opportunities will simply present themselves.  Although, it is important to have a shopping list, otherwise with all the hustle and bustle you may forget what you went to purchase in the first place.

Shopping is about meeting people you are meant to meet, learning patience by not getting what you want, paying too much, the store being closed and anxious shoppers who are offended that you won’t hurry up and get out-of-the-way.

Going into any store is about meeting your appointments with grace.  Someone in the store needs a smile. You may run into an old friend you haven’t seen in years, and very well may not see again for some time.  A timid shopper may be too shy to ask for help reaching something and your help will be so appreciated.  Opening the door for a lady and her children may be the kindest gift you can offer.  Walking an elderly man through hectic holiday traffic may mean more than you know.

When you think of holiday shopping in terms of playful openness to whatever comes your way, then you will have many reasons to laugh.  All this push and shove, then the holiday comes and goes.  What was the point?  Make it fun.

Now is the time for connection and sharing.  If the person in line behind you is angrily huffing and puffing, it’s nothing to take personally.  You can let folks know you understand the pressures everyone is under and hope they find time to rest and rejuvenate their heart.

Spread your joy all around.   It’s definitely a better way to approach the daunting task of holiday shopping.  People will either be drawn to you because you are a refreshing breath of fresh air or they will gravitate away from you because they think you’re crazy.  Either way, it’s a win-win!

2 Responses to “Give Thanks.. For Shopping?”

  1. SpiritualNurse November 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    I love this !! You are so right. ((((Wise Lynn))))



    • Lynn Van Noy November 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

      Yay! Glad you like. It’s helpful to remember to be in the moment. Pretty delightful too. 😉


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