Today is known in the U.S. as Black Friday. I don't know whether you see it as a good thing to follow our annual day of thanks with a day's shopping frenzy. But it definitely is a matter of no little controversy.
This year, the controversy was fueled to a greater degree by some stores declaring that they wouldn't even wait to open their doors to bargain-hunters until midnight of Thanksgiving Day. In fact, they would open their doors at 8 p.m., cutting short the Thanksgiving celebrations of many retail employees.
I have no intention of weighing in on the controversy in this blog. I know what constitutes a good follow-up day to Thanksgiving for me. And I firmly believe that each person has to make a choice.
What I would do, however, is simply invite you to consider how you want to spend your time and energy. You have a choice, and it's completely yours to make. If you need to get going on your Christmas shopping and saving money is really important to you, today might be the day to hit the stores. If you need some "down time" or time with family and friends, you might want to claim that today. It's all about choices and priorities. There's no right or wrong ones here. You get to be "the decider"!
While you're at it, however, give some thought to making gratitude a way of life rather than just a once-a-year observance. If you haven't already signed up for my once-a-month e-newsletter, sign up to the right of this blog. All I need is your email address, your first name and your preferred format—then click "subscribe." December's ezine (reaching inboxes this morning) is all about gratitude as a practice. And remember, I don't use your email address for any other purpose than sending the monthly e-newsletter.