In the United States, we have just celebrated Thanksgiving: a time to rejoice and give thanks for the many blessings that surround us. Then, ironically, we move into the day after this day of thanks and call it Black Friday where millions of Americans will be swarming to department stores scrambling for early Christmas sales and specials. Along with the territory comes the less than thankful attitude and demeanor of the shopping frenzy. Instead of indulging in this blackness, I encourage you to step out of the darkness and into the light.
Rather than submit to the tempting sale at Macy's, stay some or take a walk in the park, or treat yourself to a cup of herbal tea in the garden (or a piece of leftover pumpkin pie.) Bring lightness into your day. If you are able to find a quiet moment, perhaps sit in meditation for a few minutes and be mindful of all you are truly thankful for. Yes, perhaps you got to do that with your family and friends around a loaded dinner table on Thanksgiving. But now you can do it in silence on your own. Without the pressure of others watching and listening with hungry stomachs, you can take your time, think, pray, honor, and be grateful.
If you do decide to do some shopping to catch some of those store specials, take with you this lightness. Other shoppers may be amazed by your sense of calm, your bright demeanor, and glowing smile. They may see in you the true Christmas spirit.