I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Thanksgiving came so fast this year to me and I am surprised how fast December is approaching. I made butternut squash soup this year and it turned out pretty good, let me know in the comments if you want me to post the recipe for it.
On another note, I participated in Black Friday shopping for the first time with my family. I probably won’t participate in Black Friday shopping again, the crowds weren’t too bad but the traffic was crazy. However, we decided to head to the outlets so I wasn’t surprised by the crazy traffic. I’ve found it ironic for quite sometime that the day before is dedicated to being thankful for all you have and the next day is dedicated to consumerism, that results in us often buying things we don’t need. We often lose our spirit of gratitude and Black Friday reveals the selfishness of humanity. By selfishness, I mean the attitudes of entitlement that are often displayed during Black Friday combined with the “all about me” centered narrative. There’s nothing wrong with participating in Black Friday, but it’s important to examine your motives for going.
I’ll be the first to admit that the sales are tempting and the urge to buy everything on sale is hard, but I tried to limit buying everything in sight. This is just something to keep in mind next time when you head out to a huge event like Black Friday. I also realize that we are giving the big brands more of our money while neglecting small businesses, which I am guilty of. I have done a lot better when it comes to supporting local businesses but I still need to improve in that area.
In a world that is divided, let’s be intentional in creating an environment that promotes unity. An environment that promotes helping others rather than helping ourselves and one that chooses to love others without limitations. There’s so much division in every community, the problem is we waste time focusing on the wrong things at the expense of focusing on the right things. Martin Luther King Jr. stated it well “Life’s most persistent question is what are you doing for others?’. I often think of that when I sense that I am being self-centered.
On a lighter note, I appreciate the feedback that I have received from my previous Tea Talk. Let me know if there is a topic that you guys want me to give my thoughts on. Also, feel free to comment your thoughts on this Tea Talk. Lastly, what are steps that you take to promote unity over division? Did you participate in Black Friday? If so, what was your experience participating? If not, what did you do instead? Let me know in the comments♥,