This week, between the Christmas holiday and the New Year has left me feeling out-of-sorts.
Corporations began their onslaught on the senses and emotions of consumers in early October. Halloween begins the bombardment of urging us to pretend and dress up as people other than who we are.
In the industry of government, we experience Halloween everyday. However, politicians reverse their roles – they wear their costumes in campaign slogans and promises before revealing their ego-driven true selves once elected. History repeats itself and it’s maddening!
You better hunker down because we are in for a long ride with the 2020 presidential election.
Black Friday specials, Cyber Monday, December to Remember Christmas specials, New Year’s and Valentine’s round out a five-month targeted assault on our feelings of sufficiency.
Advertisers create ridiculous stories that aim to make us feel woefully inadequate if we don’t buy, buy, buy. “Don’t miss out!” For example, here’s a gem of a commercial. Wife buys watches for her and her husband. Husband one-ups his wife and leads her to their driveway where there are two new GMC trucks. Wife is elated and chooses the truck that husband wanted for himself. Husband shows disappointment.
As we near 2020, news channels are highlighting and promoting doom-n-gloom. “Be sure to tune in Sunday for Top 10 costliest hurricanes followed by Top 10 deadliest tornadoes.” “A decade in review: a detailed reminder of all the depressing events that occurred in the world” brought to you by Pharmaceutical Brand XYZ – because you have a disease and we’d like to make you sicker.
So, it’s no wonder that I’m not alone in feeling exhausted and frustrated. We are burdened with obligations and expectations. We feel committed to please others at the sacrifice of our own well-being.
We, you and I, have the ability to reclaim our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strengths. And I’m not talking about joining Planet Fitness after they begin promoting their “New Year’s Resolution” special deals.
No. I’m talking about finding your strength within quiet moments. I will give you an example that I experienced just this morning.
With their bellies full of breakfast, I led our four dogs outside. The rising sun radiated a pink hue around the edges of the scattered clouds. The dogs did not play; they “did their thing” independently and without a purpose. Charity stood and faced the sun. Kaya sat under a tree. Tuukka chewed on a stick and Rain grazed on some dead grass.
Birds sang their songs to one another. It was the only sound I could hear. There was no activity in the neighborhood – dogs barking, kids playing, leaf blowers, etc. There was no noise of cars travelling on the nearby busy street. There was no traffic jam of racing thoughts in my brain either. The silence, the language of my soul, led me to feel no longer out-of-sorts. There was peace on earth, even if just in my backyard.
It was the perfect present. I will not return it. I will not exchange it. It fits me just-right.
I had one obligation in that quietest of moments: “Thank you for this lovely gift.”
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant.