Gratitude Attitude

Clump #266: Shop for Christmas presents; day twenty-four of National Blog Posting Month.

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It all started with the dreaded (dreaded?!) pink Change Filter indicator on our refrigerator.  I was feeling so put upon, knowing I would have to change out the darned thing, then stand for five minutes letting water run through until it was clear, and, of course, go out and get another filter to have at the ready for the next time.  You could also add a soupcon of “Why am I the only one who notices and has to deal with this?”  Soon I started to laugh with our son about my ridiculous attitude.  Oh my gosh … what a nightmare!

I imagined all the people in the world who endure hardship for water, who would think it a miracle to have clean water at their beck and call for so little effort.  I could see dehydrated children begging me for the bowls of water I was throwing down the drain.  Oh dear, how lucky I am.

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In that frame of mind, I headed to the stores to get some Christmas shopping done.  I might have taken a photo like this last year from the store Pier One.  A statue of a seated female Goddess (?) below caught my eye.

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Immune to the rampant consumerism surrounding her, she was serene in meditation …

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as was her friend who was marked down for quick sale.

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I spotted the “Thankful Wall Decor” item below that included the advice: LIVE SIMPLY.  Of course, one way to live simply is not to buy too much junk, like signs telling you how to live.

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Actually, if you are being thankful, you might not buy the sign, according to an article in The New York Times called “How to Defeat the Impulse Buy, With Holiday Shopping, Willpower Isn’t Enough,” by David DeSteno. He concluded:

“What these findings show is that certain emotions can temporarily enhance self-control by decreasing desires for immediate gratification. While feeling happy doesn’t do much to increase patience, feeling grateful does.

So if you’re looking to avoid impulse-buying this year, take time not only to celebrate with your friends and family, but also to count your blessings. You may find that the easiest way to thwart retailers’ enticements as you peruse the shopping aisle isn’t to try to resist what you want; it’s to be thankful for what you have.”

Later, I received this lovely card in the mail from a friend I’ve known since third grade.

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My cup runneth over!

2 Comments

  1. Oh so very true Judy!!! Looking forward to chilling out and catching up on my favorite blog readings such as yours & some podcasts. I am also going to do some serious decluttering and make concrete plans to address clutter – your blogs are mega-inspiring to me from that respect.
    I haven’t started my Christmas Shopping yet & its NOT stressing me out!
    That meditating lady you pictured – could that be an ornately attired Buddha?!

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  2. So great to hear your thoughts, and thank you for your kind words! I need to learn what you know about NOT stressing out over Christmas shopping.

    Ah yes, I’m sure you’re right about the Buddha. Maybe I mistook it for a female because I was hoping to see myself in the figure.

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