putting our money where our heart is

Black Friday Blues

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I’m not participating in Black Friday. I’m saving my money for Pink Monday – a day of thinking about the needs of others.

I really wanted to go shopping today but lately I’m trying to shift my focus.  Trying to think more about how I use my “disposable” income.  Not to mention, since I took out a loan to pay my credit card bill, I’ve been trying to live within my means which, on my salary, doesn’t include much for new clothes or boots.  That’s my weakness – shopping.  That and going out with friends enjoying nice dinners, good wine, tickets to shows.  Oh and travel.  And of course, nesting! My husband and I still have the same self-adhesive brown floor tiles stuck to our wall in place of a proper kitchen backsplash.  It’s been like that since we moved in and I for one am obsessed with renovating that little corner of our abode.

It’s easy to obsess about all those things we “need” when everyone around us is doing the same thing.  I just want to try and remember once in a while what life is like for other people in this world.  I try to remember the people who don’t live in my city, my country or even my continent.  I only ever see them on television or in photographs but they are out there living every day with much less than what I have.  The last thing on their mind is color coding their decor.   They’ve probably never even heard of the  Smart TV with 3D.

So, I’m using Black Friday as the day to begin to write about something that I think about a lot, that has meaning for me and is the one area of influence I would be proud to say I’d had on another person’s life – giving back.  If Black Friday is about door crasher sales, buying new appliances at a discount and getting  a start on the most consumerist-driven time of the year (Christmas) then Pink Monday will be about sharing a bright new hope for the needs of others.


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