The event that has consumed the world for the past few weeks is holiday shopping
- Someone who needs to feed their shopping addiction
- A sense that many things are lacking in your life
- You are dissatisfied with your life
- Are you happy with who you are?
The event that has consumed the world for the past few weeks is holiday shopping. You began seeing the super sales ads a few weeks ago with the build-up to Black Friday staring you in the face everyday you opened email. Every company you have ever shopped with bombarded you with emails extolling their fabulous pricing and your savings.
This is getting more intense every year around the world. It’s a worldwide effort to convince people that they are not individuals, they are consumers. They’re not customers they’re addicts who need to feed their shopping addiction. This addiction is promoted by telling people how much better their life will be if they have a new big screen, or Smartphone, or new car, or furniture, or new clothes, or a new computer.
This promotion of a sense that many things are lacking in your life is actually mind-programming at work. Your life doesn’t change just because you bought a bigger TV on credit. What has changed is that you are no longer satisfied with the one you have, the car you drive, the clothes you wear. All of these things are in the category of appearances.
You want to project a different image to the world rather than who you really are. You are dissatisfied with your life because you’ve been programmed to believe it. People see others with all these new toys they bought and probably couldn’t afford, so they bought them on credit which they will be paying off for the rest of their life since they can’t escape this lack mentality.
Are you happy with who you are? That is, if all your possessions were gone, how would you feel differently about yourself and your life? Would you then see yourself differently, or would you just see yourself as a failed consumer?
So, when you think about personal development and improvement this holiday season, especially with New Year’s resolutions coming up, be sure you identify an active improvement or two that really do enhance your life. Pick ones that will make you become a better person because of the effort you invested to accomplish them.
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That you are not what you own, or what you do for a living. You are what you contribute.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because we are again in that season – the one that repeats itself yearly where much attention is focused on what you don’t have and how much money you can save by going out and getting it.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: Perhaps you should try eliminating all the advertisements. Turn off your television and stop worrying about what you don’t have and take a look at what you do have and what you can make of yourself with it.
COMMENTARY: Using shopping to medicate your pain will not work, it will only make the pain worse. It’s easy to see that you are over-extended financially, but it may not be easy to identify the cause. In order to feel better, many people go shopping – it’s a quick fix. The person who does this will justify it by saying things like, “I needed to treat myself,” “I needed a new one,” “But I got it for half price,” etc. None of these are good reasons if you can’t afford it. Maybe not even if you can. Break the spell of your lack mentality. It’s a set up to make you do something that benefits the corporate interests who want every last dollar you have and more and not you. These companies are masters at manipulating you into buying. If you want your life back don’t try to buy it back.