Shopping can bring out the best in someone with kindness or frustrations of it all. So many people at Christmas time and here is what happen to me. I was in a store getting that perfect gift for someone. I needed a different size and I ask the sales girl. She said, "Lets look on the mannequin and sure enough, it was the right size. Then she takes it off and hands it to a different person. She said, "this is for her, not you". I suddenly felt frustrated and wondered why she was speaking to me then. I just left the store because that was the item I wanted.
Guess what? I didn't leave the frustration there, I carried it with me and I disliked the way she treated me. A person working in the store should treat others the same. I noticed how making one person happy, made another one frustrated. I didn't let it go but it took a while. I guess I am human after all. I didn't want to miss out with the joy of my family but felt that time of frustration yesterday. Who really cares of that one item was gone. I can buy something else, right!
HUMANS ~ during the Christmas season, let us slow down and enjoy the time of the day. We miss out on things because we don't live in the moments of family plus friends. I was even frustrated with myself over handling that situation wrong. I continue to learn daily about myself and others. After all, we are human and lets me honest, somethings will frustrate us.
Romans 12:18-20 New International Version (NIV)
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
I hope you have learned to let frustration go fast. Don't let the little things of life take your moments of joy. Joy brings peace to your heart. I have found that life is truly short and we must count blessings daily. Jesus said: John 14:27 New International Version (NIV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Christmas shopping can be stressful if we let it. Give yourself enough time to find that parking spot, stand in lines and remember that others watch you too. Yesterday, a young girl made a rude comment to one of of us. I knew the person just had an attitude and not to take it on. My theme of shopping is this, "LET IT GO". There is another gift, another spot and another line. Just enjoy shopping with family.
JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH ~ Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
TIPS ON BUYING GIFT ~
Looking for that perfect gift for the person who doesn't like things you buy anyway? Then make it simple. Nothing is going to make them happy you buy, so do your best. My daughter actually told me that yesterday and it made sense. I was stressing out over buying something and realized I was stressing out. As she pointed it out, it made sense. Why do we stress out of buying, then giving and the results? Christmas gifts should be given from the heart. A heart felt message of joy, love and caring.
I just felt to share my real life experiences yesterday. Driving is another one. I will changing lanes and didn't see a car which decided to honk on me lots and then drive me with a certain finger in the air. A much young person and I just knew they were not happy with me. I think we take driving test, we should have a lesson on hand jesters and kindness to others. In driving, we will make mistakes and we should respond with a Jesus like attitude and not flip someone off.
Black Friday shopping has taught me that there are lots of frustrated people. Lets bring back the joy of the Lord in all things. Allow more time for us to get someone and shop with joy. I think JOY means: Jesus ~ Others ~ YOU. That combination brings about joy to my heart. If we stop to think about it, Christmas is about others because we buy things for them. There were also kind people yesterday. Some who held door open and even said, "happy holidays". Another great thing, is seeing people you know shopping. A simple, "HI" or a smile so works.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT ~
I will never forget a little boy at the Foster Family Christmas Party. He was asked to sit on Santa's lap and he refused. His comment was this, "He is not going to bring my mommy back and that's what I want". A real life situation of truth and heartbreaking at the same time. Gifts are not always wanted, but a real life person. One who can hug, talk, laugh, and share real life with us. A missing link in our hearts and minds. A gift of life and yet not to a little person. Let us learn to be grateful for those around us. We never know how much a little life can hurt.
Share a smile today and kindness everywhere!
I enjoyed time with my family shopping and got some great ideas from them too.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.