‘Tis the season for holiday shopping. I went out Black Friday shopping this year and spent less than I ever had in previous years. My list is smaller for those I buy for now. And that is the day I would normally buy clothes for myself because they would be on sale. Not because I needed them, but because an Under Armour hoodie was only $30 and it was a good deal. Really?! Not the best reason to buy things.
I don’t have the extra cash these days after paying daycare and a new truck payment, so I only bought one shirt for myself for $13. Big spender!
Paul and I went to the salon two weeks ago for a date. I am shocked that my nail polish is still on. I have never had regular polish last this long. So, here I am looking online at Ulta to see about getting the base/topcoat and a new color to do it at home. That is saving money in the long run as it would be cheaper to do it myself than pay someone, right. I then thought, Do I really need it? The answer is NO. I do not need new nail polish. I need food and to pay my bills so we have a roof over our head. Now, yes I can afford the polish, but that is not the issue running in my head at this moment.
Do I need to buy nail polish to make my life happy and full of purpose? Do I need nail polish when I can give that $20-$30 to someone in need so they can eat that day. Do I need to feel pretty when someone else doesn’t feel warm from sleeping outside in a cold Minnesota night?
I do feel the need to simplify. I do feel the need to cut back and try to find more ways to give more.
We are all here on Earth for a reason. To love and serve one another. We are not here to collect material things that serve no purpose. I am not saying I will never buy nail polish again. But I am saying I will think twice before buying things. And I will try to help others more. Maybe I could take my need for nail polish to those less fortunate. Maybe the local shelter would like to have a manicure night were we just sit around and paint our nails. I am sure they would like to feel pretty as well.
Think of others this holiday season. If all you have to give is a kind smile and a warm greeting, that would still lift someone’s spirit.
What would you like to do to give this holiday?
Make it a great day,