How Much is Enough?

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA who is reading this post and for those of you in the rest of the world, Happy Thursday.

Today is the perfect chance to reflect on our many blessings and show gratitude to our friends and families—people who are near and dear to our hearts.

In a perfect world there will be no partisan political bickering today when people gather for the feast. In the real world it will be a chance to practice restraint of tongue & text messaging.

My wish for the U.S. today is for bigger tables, not higher walls.

The 24 Hours Ahead

Tomorrow, November 24th, is Buy Nothing Day in many parts of the world. It is based on a simple premise: Buying “stuff” won’t make you happy for more than a few hours (or days). Your relationships and connections with friends and family are what really count, and they are priceless.

Bake them a cake, write them a poem, give them a kiss, tell them a joke, but for god’s sake stop thrashing the planet to tell someone you care. All it shows is that you don’t. —George Monbiot

This flies in direct opposition to the Multinational Corporate holiday known as Black Friday, when we are encouraged to forget about what we are grateful for and go out and get more stuff.

If you want to try something new this year, go for a walk with your significant other, or your Bestie (extra points if they are one in the same).

Give, instead of take.

Call someone who you haven’t talked to for awhile and find out what is going on in their life.

Check in with a neighbor. You probably have more in common than you think.

We’re all in this life together, and in the words of Jim Morrison, “No one here gets out alive.”

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Note: Photo credit for header image and featured poster goes to A Billion People | Buy Nothing

  13 comments for “How Much is Enough?

  1. Pan
    November 24, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    My purchases from Wed thru til tomorrow are gas and food on my journey to Florida.. My Dad passed away on the 16th and I have to go and settle his estate.. Yesterday was a very different Thanksgiving.. The first one without either of my parents.. Mom passed away in 2012 and now Dad is gone with her to whatever is next..
    Yesterday wasn’t a grieving day for me.. I spoke with my sis.. I spent quiet time reflecting and remembering just how special my parents were in life and how blessed I am to have had them..
    I hope you and yours had a warm and happy holiday Allan 💛

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    • November 25, 2017 at 8:06 PM

      I sorry to hear about your loss, Pan, and also happy to hear from you. My mother passed away last year–my dad in 2010—and I know what you mean about having a different Thanksgiving this year.

      Drive safe and keep remembering the special times with your parents and the love of your sister.

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  2. November 24, 2017 at 6:37 AM

    “Give, instead of take.” Yes, your sentiments ring and clear in (as I call it) an age of uncertainty and upheaval. Happy meditating on the positive and the wonders of the natural world that we inhabit.

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 24, 2017 at 7:03 AM

      Thank you, Sally. I hope that you have a serene day today.


  3. alstacer
    November 23, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! L’chaim, my friend!


  4. November 23, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    I won’t be buying anything tomorrow, as I’m working 11-5 at the patisserie, selling people things they don’t really need to eat but will enjoy. 🙂 Even if I weren’t working, I wouldn’t be out participating in the buying madness. There’s nothing I need that badly. My husband mentioned today, when I decried some stores opening this evening already, that many of them may need all they can get to try to stand up against Amazon and Google and the like. There might be some truth to that, but I still don’t like it. All those workers have families with whom they should be spending time and a few days of the year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter), people should be able to survive without shopping or eating out. I will, however, be out at 8 am to get to the local grocery store for their BOGO pizzas, which are delicious. 🙂 Hardly makes me a crass shopper, though.


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    • November 24, 2017 at 6:59 AM

      Sooner or later everyone has to eat. Your husband has a good point about small business owners vs. mega-providers and it is an individual choice whether to participate today. This cycle is going to repeat itself the day after Christmas, so what have we gained?

      I do have a lot of empathy for the workers who have to man the stores. My time at the bridge on rotating shifts caused me to miss out on a lot of birthdays, holidays and family events. Working those days in the Public Sector is one thing, doing it for commercial reasons must be even more difficult.

      Good luck today,


      • November 24, 2017 at 7:05 AM

        I have all my Black Friday shopping done–got my BOGO pizzas, so dinner will be easy tonight. 🙂 There was an enormous line at 8am at the grocery store of people waiting to get a special release craft beer stout, but although I’d probably love it, I’m not standing in line for half an hour for beer. There are plenty good ones that don’t require that. It was also a bit disconcerting to see lots of people in the bar at 8 am! 🙂

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      • November 24, 2017 at 10:40 AM

        What was the deal on craft beer, B5G6?


      • November 24, 2017 at 3:37 PM

        I don’t think there was a deal at all. It was just a special release. For a deal, I might have considered waiting….considered for a minute or two, then said “No way.” 🙂


      • November 25, 2017 at 8:09 PM

        Next stop: Cyber Monday.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. November 23, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    Doing our best. Good reminder

    Liked by 1 person

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