The past 4-5 days have been a shopper’s paradise: Stores opening at ridiculously early hours, price matching with the competition, the lowest prices of the year, and on and on. Folks camped out for nights before the stores opened to be first in line for the bests buys. The term “Black Friday” has filled newscasts, airwaves, and print media. I honestly always thought the term attitude had to do with the grimness of battling the crowds at the stores, not being able to find a parking spot, and looking for the gift that is already sold out. The very name is foreboding.
A study of folks who live for Black Friday reveals that it is not so much the bargain as it is the hunt, the successful pursuit of an item that leads one to invest much, time, energy and effort in shopping. You might call it competitive consumerism. Sometimes you lose in the winning.
I chose to go the gym and work out last Friday, come home and clean the basement, and watch a game or two on TV. Nothing was blacked out. How did you spend your Black Friday? Were you blessed or beaten down by the day’s activities?
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday…how about a Giving Tuesday? It’s a day for giving back, and United Methodist-related Imagine No Malaria is a good place to start. For Giving Tuesday, people can save lives of those affected by malaria by texting MALARIA to 27722, which allows the giver to make a $10 donation, enough to preserve the life of a child.
Any day is a good day to give – time, talent, or treasure – to help others.